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John Armstrong (1792–1870)

This gentleman, who died at his residence, Macquarie-street, at the advanced age of 78, on Wednesday last, was by profession a surveyor. He arrived in this city forty-five years ago in that capacity, under an engagement with the Australian Agricultural Company, and resided at Port Stephens for some few years, but ultimately settled in Sydney; and has been, until six months ago, busily employed, sometimes on his own account, but latterly by the Government, in laying out and mapping extensive districts in the colony. Mr. Armstrong, we believe, assisted in planning the Necropolis at Haslem's Creek; and, by his express desire, his remains were interred there on Thursday, in the Congregational portion of that retired resting-place. Mr. Armstrong was always esteemed by professional men and the public in general as one of the most accurate and trustworthy surveyors in the colony. He spared no pains to make his plans and descriptions clear, correct, and comprehensive, such as might be implicitly relied upon by his employers and by all parties whose interests they concerned. He was a man of high moral and religious principles, of singular modesty, and of very courteous manners. To his large family connections he was greatly endeared, and he has left behind him an example which memory will not easily forget.

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Dalston, Cumberland, England


27 July, 1870 (aged ~ 78)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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