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Joseph Archer (1795–1853)

It is with sincere sorrow we announce the death of Joseph Archer, Esq., of Panshanger, M.L.C. He came into town on the 17th instant, to obtain medical advice, and expired at the Cornwall Hotel this morning. The removal of such a man is a public calamity. Intelligent and possessing considerable experience, he has devoted his influence, wealth, and energies to the welfare of his adopted land. His views of public policy were sound and liberal, and on all occasions he was found on the side of the people. The district of Norfolk Plains may well have been proud of its representative; for a more disinterested and patriotic man was not returned to the council. With a quick temper was united a heroic heart and adamantine firmness; but his mind was magnanimous, his disposition was true and trustful, and it was warmed by a geniality which those best know who were most intimate with the deceased. He was not the ostentatious professor of a creed, and enjoyed the gospel faithfully preached by good men of every denomination; but he was the subject of deep religious feeling, and it is the most consoling thought to Christian survivors, that they have satisfactory evidence their lamented relative is now in a region where sin and sorrow never enter, and where separation is unknown. His work is done, and he has ceased from his labors; but his memory will be cherished to the latest moment of life by many who were associated with him in the social and political contest for freedom, which he was privileged to see crowned with complete success.

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17 May, 1795
Hertford, Hertfordshire, England


28 June, 1853 (aged 58)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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