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Matthew Nicholas Callaghan (1828–1890)

On Sunday evening Mr. Matthew Nicholas Callaghan, an old resident of Wagga, died at his residence in Newtown. Deceased was a resident of the Gundagai and Wagga districts for nearly forty years, and is well known in Riverina. He opened the Squatters Hotel at Wagga many years ago, and subsequently kept the Pastoral Hotel. After the lapse of some time he bought the Commercial Hotel (which he let to Mr. P. J. McAlister), and retired from business. About five years Mr. Callaghan was ordered a change by his medical adviser, and accordingly went to Sydney, where he found the climate unsuitable, returning to Wagga about two years ago. For a long time Mr. Callaghan owned the Bolygamy Run near Wollongong, but did not reside there. Since his return from Sydney he shewed signs of great deterioration in health, and despite all care and attention succumbed to phthisis on Sunday evening. Mr. Callaghan was a justice of the peace, and since his return from Sydney was elected a member of the Wagga Land Board. He was a widower at the time of his death; Mrs. Callaghan, sister of Messrs. J. and W. Rudd, having died some years since. A general decline in health prevented Mr. Callaghan devoting much time to Land Court duties at later dates, he having sank rapidly during the past few months. Mr. Callaghan's family consists of four sons and four daughters: he was a native of Campbelltown, and 62 years of age at death. His remains will be interred this afternoon at the Wagga cemetery, the funeral procession starting at three o'clock.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW), 19 August 1890, p 2

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Alternative Names
  • Callahan, Matthew Nicholas

2 May, 1828
Campbelltown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


17 August, 1890 (aged 62)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

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