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George Cox (1825–1899)

A very old and respected resident of our district passed away at about 1 o'clock this morning, in the person of Mr. George Cox, of Jessiefield, Pateena, after nearly a fortnight's illness, the immediate cause of his death being Bright's disease. Deceased was a native of Tasmania, having been born on the estate on which he spent all his days on August 7, 1825, and consequently was in his 74th year. In conjunction with farming pursuits he carried on the business of an hotel-keeper at his late residence (which was known by the sign of the Tasmanian Inn) until the railway took away so much of the road traffic that it became unprofitable, and the house was closed as an hotel. Mr. Cox was a thorough sportsman, and for many years acted as handicapper at the principal pigeon matches in the north, his work invariably giving satisfaction. He was also fond of using the gun himself, and his last day's quail shooting, with a friend from Launceston, was on Friday, the 16th inst., which was a very foggy day, and was supposed to have caused his last and fatal illness. Deceased was also an enthusiastic florist, and took a delight in his garden, being a most successful exhibitor and a great rival at many of the horticultural shows of his old and esteemed friend, Mr. William Russell. He leaves a widow and a grown-up family of two sons and three daughters, namely, Mr. A. G. Cox, of Bowthorpe; Mr. E. L. Cox, Jessiefield; Mrs. W. Atkinson and Mrs. L. Bain, Launceston; and Mrs. G. Orpwood, of New Zealand.

The funeral leaves Jessiefield for Christ Church burial ground on Saturday afternoon at half-past two o'clock.

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Life Summary [details]


7 September, 1825
Evandale, Tasmania, Australia


29 June, 1899 (aged 73)
Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

kidney disease

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.