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James Angel (1848–1926)

Mr. James Angel, one of Wagga's early pioneers, died at his residence, Beckwith-street, Wagga, on Saturday evening, at the age of 76, after an illness extending over a period of three years. His first wife, formerly Miss E. Boyton, predeceased him 14 years ago. All the children who are named below are of the first marriage.

He was a member of a highly respected and interesting family. Mr. Angel was a link between the early history of this State and the times in which we live. His father, Mr. Henry Angel, whose remains lie in the Wagga cemetery, was one of the party of explorers, led by Hume and Hovell, who discovered the Murrumbidgee and Murray rivers, and is believed to have been the first white man to swim across the Murray. In 1845 he settled at Wardry, near Hay, there opening up country, much of which is now occupied by Uardry (renamed from Wardry) Station. Henry Angel, jun., brother of the deceased, died on July 9, 1924, at the age of 87. The surviving members of his father's family are Mrs. John Hurst, of North Wagga, and Mrs. Harris, who lives in Sydney, Messrs. Samuel Angel, of Trail-street, Wagga, and Mr. Edward J. Angel, of Lake Albert.

When the mother of these ladies and gentlemen died in 1880, there were no fewer than 90 grandchildren, and 40 great-grandchildren. She was known as a woman of keen and vigorous intellect, and of a warm heart, extraordinarily resourceful, industrious, careful and liberal. It would be interesting to record the complete history of this family, which originated in Wiltshire, England.

The deceased is survived by a widow (nee Miss E. Foot, of Melbourne), and four sons, Ashley and Percival, of Wagga, Ernest, of Dubbo, and Charles, of Bexley; four daughter, Mrs. E. Harris, of Campbelltown, Mrs. O. Daley, of Bondi, Mrs. A. E. Henningham, of Tarcutta-street, Wagga, and Miss Thelma Angel, of Bondi. He also has 25 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. A. Graham, of Lake Albert, died some years ago.

Archdeacon Pike will conduct a short service at Mr. Angel's late residence in Beckwith-street, at 10.30 this morning, and funeral will leave the residence for interment in the Church of England portion of the Wagga cemetery at 10.45.

Members of the Loyal Southern Star Lodge, M.U.I.O.O.F., are asked to attend the funeral.

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  • funeral, Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW), 8 June 1926, p 2

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'Angel, James (1848–1926)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 26 July 2024.

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8 March, 1848
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia


5 June, 1926 (aged 78)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

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