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Thomas Alford (1817–1864)

On Saturday afternoon last, Mr. Thomas Alford, one of the oldest residents in this district, expired after a long illness, at his residence, in Russell-street. Of those who knew Mr. Alford, that is to say, a great portion of the inhabitants of Queensland, we imagine that few will hear of his death without a feeling of sincere regret, as independently of his being an energetic man of business, and a strenuous supporter of every scheme for the improvement of the town and district generally. Amongst other benefits conferred upon the community, it may be mentioned that Mr. Alford was the first person through whose exertions Drayton was proclaimed as a township, and also the first to see the propriety of forming a settlement at Toowoomba. The late Mr. Alford was in private life a most sincere and kind friend, and it is with very considerable regret that we chronicle his demise at an age, which, under ordinary circumstances, promised many more years of active life.

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16 September, 1817
West Quantoxhead, Somerset, England


9 January, 1864 (aged 46)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

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