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John Cross (1823–1859)

A gloom has been lately cast over the Lower Hawkesbury in consequence of there being every reason to believe that Mr. John Cross, farmer, eldest son of Mr. David Cross, an old Australian settler there, met his death by drowning on Sundav morning last. Mr. J. Cross was a passenger by the New Moon steamer, from the Hawkesbury to Sydney. When outside of the heads, near the Long Reef, Mr. Cross went upstairs about three o'clock in the morning saying he would have a look at the lighthouse. He was never missed till the vessel reached Sydney, and there can be no doubt that he fell overboard and was drowned. None of the seaman saw him, though it is believed there were several on deck, so he must haye gone over immediately after reaching the top. Mr. Cross has left behind him a sorrowing young wife and family. He was taking 200 bushels of corn to market.

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'Cross, John (1823–1859)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 April 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


26 October, 1823
Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia


3 July, 1859 (aged 35)
at sea

Cause of Death