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James Cavanough (1847–1915)

The late Mr. Jas. [James] Cavanough, whose death on Sunday last, was referred to in our Tuesday's issue, was a native of the Hawkesbury, and 67 years of age. He had resided in this district for about ten years, and before coming here, and since, became well known from the association of his name with the specific for the destruction of the prickly pear and other noxious growths. called 'Dead Finish' a good deal of which was used in this and the Muswellbrook district. He spent some years in Queensland, in which State, at Terrell, he once kept an hotel, but mostly carried on business as a storekeeper. For some years, also, he was in the storekeeping business in the neighboring district of Jerry's Plains and Hall's Greek. Latterly, in Scone, and industrious to the last, he returned to business, and although only in a modest way, not long before his death, he would jocularly remark, that when 'passed out,' it could be written of him that 'he was the first to open business on Newtown,' which he was. His wife, who has been an invalid for many years, survives him; also four sons — Cyril, Richard, George, and Lindon; and two daughters— Mrs. E. Elliott (Scone), and Mrs. McIntosh (Gosford).

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Life Summary [details]


17 December, 1847
Colo, New South Wales, Australia


28 February, 1915 (aged 67)
Scone, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

typhoid fever

Religious Influence

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