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Lawrence Callaghan (1835–1923)

Mr. Lawrence Callaghan, of the Forbes road, one of the last of the old mining pioneers, passed to his long rest on Monday night, on the eve of his 88th birthday. The late Mr. Callaghan was a native of Ireland, but came to Australia at an early age and found his way to Parkes in 1873. He was interested in a number of the local mines, the first of any consequence being Tattersalls Reef (Possum Gully) in 1876-77. He was later in the Gladstone (1887-88) and the Ancient Briton (1893) and later still in the Baden-Powell (1900). He also spent some time hotelkeeping in Orange (1889) and afterwards kept the "Shearer's Union" Hotel (1890-91) in the old building which was recently demolished at the intersection of Clarinda and Church streets. After an interval of some years he took an hotel (the "Morning Star") at Bathurst (1900) and on leaving Bathurst returned to Parkes, where his declining years were spent. Of a family of 13 (7 girls and 6 boys) four sons and three daughters survive, besides his aged widow, and there are 34 grand-children and 5 great grandchildren. The sons living are Richard (Parkes), Lawrence (Trangie), Herbert (Deep-water) and William (Fifield), and the daughters Mrs. G. C. Bodkin (Sydney), Mrs. Yates (Sydney), and Mrs Hurrell (Parkes). The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon to the Catholic cemetery, where the Ven. Archdeacon Campion read the last prayers. To the sorrowing family and relatives the deepest sympathy is extended.

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31 July, 1835
Parkes, New South Wales, Australia


30 July, 1923 (aged 87)
Parkes, New South Wales, Australia

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