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William Collins Brennan (1858–1931)

There passed away, early on Tuesday morning, one of nature's gentlemen in the person of Mr. William Collin Brennan, after having reached the age of 72 years. The late Mr. Brennan had not been in good health for some time past, and his end was not altogether unexpected, and he passed away peacefully surrounded by the members of his family, and fortified by the rites of his Church, of which he was a stout adherent. He was born of Irish parents, both his mother and father coming to Australia in the early days, and first saw the light of day at Campbell's Creek, near Mudgee. After growing to manhood he married, and came to the Wellington district, and took up farming near Lincoln. Later he left the land and settled down at Montefiores, where he resided for the past 42 years. Here he went in for dairying, and carried on the business for many years before his sons took over. For 27 years he also had the contract for the Wuuluman mail, and during that long period, combined with his still longer residence in the village where the first settlers of this district settled down, he made a host of life-long friends. He was a man of very quiet disposition, but a splendid personality, and to know him was to honor and respect him and the district has lost another of its old citizens, while the family has lost a loving husband and a kind and indulgent father. He is survived by a widow and grown-up family of sons and daughters, the former being Messrs Daniel (Brisbane), Ambrose, (Thargomingah), Edmund and Richard (Wellington) The daughters are Sister Mary Ursula (Mudgee Convent), Mary (Oberon), Ettie (Molong). His only surviving sister is Mrs. T. Kerwin, of Windyer, near Mudgee. The remains were encased in a polished, maple casket, silver mounted, and were laid to rest in the Roman Catholic portion of the Curra Creek cemetery yesterday morning, a very large cortege following the remains to their last resting place. A service was also held at St. Patrick's Church, prior to the burial. The Rev. Father O'Donnell officiated at both the church and graveside. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs J. Thompson and Son.

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'Brennan, William Collins (1858–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 July 2024.

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2 January, 1858
Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia


23 January, 1931 (aged 73)
Wellington, New South Wales, Australia

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