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Betts, Henry Samuel Marsden (1839–1899)

On the 24th ult. word was received at Molong (N.S.W.) of the death of Mr. Henry Samuel Marsden Betts, of Vale Head Station. The deceased gentleman had been kicked by a horse a few weeks previously, and death was the result of the injuries then received. Mr. Betts was one of the oldest residents of the district, was a magistrate for many years, member of the local Land Board and licensing bench, and had been several times mayor of Molong. He took an active interest in church matters, and was a warden and lay reader at St. John's Anglican Church. The funeral was largely attended by all classes of the community, thus evincing the general respect in which deceased was held.

The deceased gentleman was a grandson of the Rev. Samuel Marsden, a New South Wales chaplain in the days of "the system," and Vale Head Station was a grant to Mr. Marsden. In the early days of the colony the house at Vale Head, it is stated, was a public-house, kept by a brother of Richard Cobden, the Corn Law reformer.

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