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Woolley, Edwin (1851–1919)

There were many people who had not heard of the sad news that Mr Edwin Woolley of Burrundulla had died on Saturday, until after he had been buried on Sunday, Sunday being a bad day for news to spread. However, the funeral was very largely attended proving how much Mr Woolley was esteemed by the people of the district. The passing away of Edwin Woolley marks the end of a career of one who started as a young man in a very small way, and ended up in very comfortable circumstances.

The deceased was born at Windsor in 1851 and as a young man went to Sydney, where he was employed in office work, which accounts for the fact that he was a splendid penman and had a thorough grasp of business matters. Over 40 years ago, he came to the district. He was employed by Mr Andrew Robertson, of West End, for some years. He then secured a farm at Spring Flat and later on at Melrose. Then he went to Broombee for 25 years, and a number of years ago bought the farm which he has been residing on. It is a beautiful little farm of 280 acres. Very successfully he carried on mixed farming here. In addition to this farm, he also owned a farm at Spring Flat and four farming blocks at Putta Bucca. In addition to these properties, he also owned Grady’s Hotel Corner, comprising a blacksmith shop, Sydney Hotel, Mr Clem Lewis’ shop, the Marble Butchery, R. Akehurst’s hairdressing shop, Mr. Bird’s bicycle shop and Mr S. H. Mason’s saddlery.

The deceased was 68 years of age. For a number of years past, he has suffered from a very serious illness, and his death was not unexpected. Besides his widow (who was a Miss Holmes, sister of Mr Holmes, Lewis Street, Mudgee) there survives the following sons and daughters, all of whom reside at Burrundulla and adjoining localities: Messrs Arthur, Horace, Walter, Mesdames Raymond Mogg and George Thompson, and Misses Martha, Harriett, Marion, Muriel, Amy, Ida, Eileen. The late Mr Woolley took a great interest in the Agricultural Society. For many years he was secretary of the Burrundulla Butter Factory and was a director of the Mudgee Building Society. The Guardian extends deep sympathy to the bereaved family. Mr R. H. Woolley school teacher, of Merriwa, is a brother of the late Mr Edwin Woolley.

Original publication

  • Mudgee Guardian (NSW), 10 November 1919, p 2

Citation details

'Woolley, Edwin (1851–1919)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/woolley-edwin-13816/text24670, accessed 17 November 2018.

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