from Maitland Mercury
The severe illness of Mr. Francis White terminated on Tuesday evening in death. The illness, which in Maitland is attributed as its commencement to overwork, assumed a typhoid character very early, and at last became decided typhus fever — as we are informed.
Mr. White's death will arouse a feeling of universal regret. He was eminently a useful man —of good abilities and education, and of good social position — all freely used for the benefit of his neighbours and the district at large. The public history of the White family, originally of Edinglassie, but now of many highly improved homesteads, in the upper part of the Hunter valley, has yet to be written, and, when it is, Mr. Francis White will occupy a prominent place in it. Like the Reynolds’s, the Dangars, the Eales’s, the Durhams, the Hungerfords, and several other of our leading families, they showed us the way out of the deep depression which, in 1842 to 1848, followed the stoppage of the old assignment supply of labour — and ultimately have shown us all the way to wealth, and honor, and great usefulness, through unwearied industry and intelligence, devoted year after year to the improvement of stock and of land.
Happily in this case, as in that of Mr. Charles Reynolds, worthy sons are left, trained to follow in their father's footsteps in his beneficial industrial pursuits.
The following tribute, from the pen of our Singleton correspondent, shows how highly Mr. White was esteemed where he was best known:
The news of the death of Mr. Francis White, Member of Parliament for the Upper Hunter, reached Singleton on Wednesday morning, and the announcement caused general regret, Mr. White being respected by all classes of the community here, where he was well known. Those who had the pleasure of coming into contact with Mr. White, in all the various transactions which a gentleman in his social position may be expected to fulfil, will bear testimony to the high honor and sterling integrity which guided the deceased gentleman in all affairs of this life; whilst to his family and a numerous circle of friends, the untimely death of such a man must cause extreme sorrow. The lamented death of Mr. White will create a vacancy which, we fear, will not easily be filled, for he was to all intents and purposes a thorough gentleman; and the many valuable services tendered by the deceased in public matters will make his loss felt not only in his immediate neighbourhood, but by the colony at large, which can ill-afford to lose men of the stamp of honest upright Frank White.
'White, Francis (Frank) (1830–1875)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/white-francis-frank-4955/text24997, accessed 23 May 2013.
from Australian Town and Country Journal, 15 May 1875, p 773