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Joseph (Joe) Bradshaw (1854–1916)

from Northern Territory Times

Joseph Bradshaw, n.d.

Joseph Bradshaw, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 August 1916

We regret having to record the death at the Darwin Hospital at 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, 23rd inst., of an old Northern Territorian pioneer in the person of Mr. Joseph Bradshaw, of Bradshaw's Run, Victoria River, N.T. The deceased gentleman's wife and only son reside in Victoria. Paragraphs already in type record the fact of Mr. Bradshaw's return from his station per lugger on the 19th inst., and of his having undergone a serious operation at the Darwin Hospital the following morning. We understand he has suffered from diabetes and other troubles for some considerable time past, and from the first the prospect of his recovery from the serious but unavoidable operation performed was not regarded as hopeful. He suffered no pain, and subsequent to the operation saw a few of his friends and conversed rationally and cheerfully. But he looked weak and tired, and lapsing into a state of unconsciousness on Saturday evening, passed away quietly and peacefully early on Sunday morning as stated. On Saturday morning he entrusted some messages and expressed certain wishes to some visiting friends. We believe one of these wishes was that his body should eventually be laid to rest alongside that of his brother, Fred Bradshaw, murdered by blacks some years ago, which lies under a cairn of stones on one of the rugged mountain peaks near Bradshaw's Station, in the Victoria River district. The two brothers spent many years together in that district.

The funeral took place at the 2½-Mile Cemetery, the cortege leaving the Hospital a little after 4 p.m. The funeral service was read by the Rev. C. H. Massey, Anglican Church. Several old friends assisted in carrying the coffin to the graveside. The coffin bore several wreaths sent by friends, and the inscribed silver plate showed deceased's age to be 62 years.

Among those assembled at the graveside to pay this last tribute of respect were several old Territorians and a few leading Government officials.

The deceased gentleman has been interested in pastoral matters in the Territory for many years past; he was a Justice of the Peace, and in many respects he was a rather unique and notable personality—not the kind of man to be lightly passed over in a crowd. He was endowed by nature with a splendid physique, and up to within the last year or so hardly knew the meaning of the word sickness. Over 30 years ago, when the country was wild and the blacks a continual source of trouble and danger, Joe Bradshaw and his brother held some country on the Forest River, on the West Australian side of the border, from whence they subsequently migrated to the Victoria River district. There are many worse men in the world than the late "Captain" Joe Bradshaw. Whilst he had his faults and weaknesses, he was a kindly and courteous gentleman at heart, absolutely "straight" in all his dealings with hls fellow men, so far as this writer knows, and his friends will retain only kindly memories of his quips and humours.

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Joseph Bradshaw, n.d.

Joseph Bradshaw, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 August 1916

Life Summary [details]


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


23 July, 1916 (aged ~ 62)
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Cause of Death

blood poisoning

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