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Willis, George Hamilton (1841–1906)

The death occurred early on Sunday morning of Mr. George H. [Hamilton] Willis, of 'Greenlands,' Hopefield, at the ace of 65. The cause of death was a general break-up of the system, the deceased having been unwell for some time. Latterly, however, he had been able to get about, and the end, therefore, came rather suddenly.

Mr. Willis was an old and much respected resident of the district, and the news of his death came as a sad shock to his many friends. He was a, well-known adherent of the Corowa Presbyterian Church, and always willing to help that body in any way. Movements for the good of the district always secured his support, and he was a member of the Committee of the Pastoral, Agricultural, and Horticultural Society, the Pastures Protection Board, Vine and Fruit growers Association, and Progress Committee for many years.

A specimen of the best type of Scotch pioneer, being born at Meigle, Scotland, Mr. Willis attracted many warm friends by his sterling aud straightforward character. He landed in Australia in 1860 and some six years later settled in the Corowa district. Some four years ago he took a trip to Scotland, and twelve months ago also visited Tasmania for the good of his health. Although the trip benefited him to a certain extent he was unable to take an active part in the management of his estate, and required the constant care of his medical adviser, Dr. Walch.

The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Hopefield Cemetery, the Rev. McWatt-Allan conducting the funeral service. Many prominent townsmen went out from Corowa to pay their late friend the last tribute of respect. The deceased leaves a family of six daughters and three sons.

Original publication

  • Corowa Chronicle (NSW), 17 January 1906, p 4

Citation details

'Willis, George Hamilton (1841–1906)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/willis-george-hamilton-23644/text32613, accessed 22 September 2019.

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