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William Abbott (1830–1887)

Considerable surprise mingled with regret was manifested in town yesterday by the publicity of the news of the death of Mr. William Abbott, who died at his late residence Brisbane Street, at an early hour that morning. Mr. Abbott was a native of Manchester, England, where he served his apprenticeship as a watchmaker, etc., being articled to his father, the late Mr. Francis Abbott. He came out to Hobart with his father in 1850, and continued his business for some years there, removing to Launceston in 1860. He then started business in Brisbane Street, near Charles Street, but recently moved to his late residence. He was looked on as a practical jeweller, and commanded a good business. Some few years ago his brother, Mr. Charles Abbott of Hobart, desired him to take his business in Hobart, the whole of which he would transfer to him. This Mr. Abbott declined, preferring to remain in Launceston, where he had established many friends. Besides two brothers resident in Hobart, Mr. Abbott leaves a wife and six children, five boys and one girl, to mourn their loss. Much sympathy is expressed for deceased's family, who are left well provided for. The funeral will leave deceased's late residence at 3.30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. Had deceased lived till tomorrow he would have been 57 years of age.

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Manchester, Greater Manchester, England


15 July, 1887 (aged ~ 57)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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