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Andrew Cunningham (1815–1887)

On Friday morning last, after years of illness, altogether incapacitating him from business, and confining him to his home, Mr. Andrew Cunningham, J.P., of Lanyon, died at the advanced age of 73 years. The deceased gentleman was one of the oldest magistrates residing in the district, and whilst able to attend to his bench duties was remarkable for the ability and integrity which characterised his magisterial decisions. He came into the district nearly 50 years ago, and embarked in pastoral pursuits. Commencing with limited resources, he managed, with the aid of his naturally shrewd business instincts, to amass considerable wealth, and become eventually the owner of large pastoral estates. Since his incapacity for business these properties have passed into the hands of his sons (Mr. Andrew J. Cunningham, J.P., and Mr. James Cunningham, of Tuggranong) who seem to inherit the same business tact which made their deceased parent so successful in life. The funeral of the late Mr. Cunningham took place on Saturday, and, though intended to be strictly private, was attended by fully 100 of the principal residents of the district, including many of his brother magistrates. Mr. N. M. Lazarus conducted the funeral in his usual satisfactory manner, and the following gentlemen acted as pall bearers H. Ronbagh, W. N. Rutledge, Dr. Richardson, A. M. Dulhunty, C. H. McKeachine, J. J. Wright, C. H. Emery, W. McKellar, and L. Kelly. The remains were interred in the family cemetery on the estate.

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18 March, 1887 (aged ~ 72)
Lanyon, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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