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Joseph Armfield (1822–1910)

from Robertson Advocate

A correspondent writes: 'The death recently at Sunnyside, Berrima, of Mr. Joseph Armfield, removes from our midst one of our oldest pioneers and a venerable gentleman who was held in the highest esteem. He comes from a family who were among the first to till the soil in this State. His grandfather, who was born at Cornwall in 1760 and died at the age of 77 years, was the first to grow wheat in New South Wales. The late Mr. Armfield's mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Ruse, was born in 1792 and died in 1875. She was the first white child born at Windsor and the second white child born in New South Wales, and the Government at the time made her a grant of 40 acres of land. She reared a family of eleven children. All the members of the Armfield family, with the exception of three (William, George, and Emma who died when they had seen 34, 43, and 49 summers respectively) reached venerable ages, for instance Joseph was 88, Ann 81, James 80, Edward 78, Rebecca 77, and Richard 68. Of the eleven children only two now survive, namely, Mrs. Jane Izzard and Mr. J. D. Armfield, of Berrima, each of whom have passed the allotted span of three score and ten years. The offspring of the Armfield family number about 80 grand children and great grand children.'

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Life Summary [details]


8 July, 1822
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia


16 September, 1910 (aged 88)
Berrima, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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