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Spencer Cottee (1833–1877)

We much regret to have to record the decease of the above gentleman, who died at his residence (the Freemason's Hotel, Lismore), on the 22nd instant, aged 44 years. Mr. Cottee has been ailing for the past five months, and had taken one or two trips for a change of air; but nothing serious was anticipated, until, when in Sydney a few weeks since, for medical advice, he was taken suddenly worse, and died, as above stated, a short time after reaching home, the cause of death being, as revealed by post-mortem examination held by Drs. Smith and Foreman, consolidation of the lungs. Mr. Cottee leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his loss, and much sympathy is felt for them in their sad bereavement, while the large attendance at the funeral on Thursday last, showed the respect felt for the deceased by the inhabitants of the district. We believe that Mr. Cottee was an old colonist, having arrived in Ballaarat, Victoria, in 1852, where he successfully carried on the timber business known as Cottee Brothers. After a visit to New Zealand, he came to Grafton some 14 years since, and was engaged at Mr. D. B. Selman's Factory, and also ran the steamer Collector on the Clarence River. He came to the Richmond River about 8 years since and commenced business at Wardell, where, we believe, he assisted in building the Sawmill now owned by Messrs. E. Carter and Co., and afterwards built the Freemason's Hotel, there, in which he carried on business for some five years. He came to Lismore about two years since, and built the present Freemason's Hotel, where he has carried on a successful business. Though unobtrusive in manner, we have always found Mr. Cottee to be thoroughly in earnest in everything relating to the advancement of the town and district, and his loss will be long felt by all classes in the community.

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16 July, 1833
Witham, Essex, England


22 August, 1877 (aged 44)
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

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