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Francis Cunninghame (1814–1884)

Sydney has lost one of its oldest inhabitants in the person of Mr Francis Cunninghame, who died at his house, the Poplars, Glebe Point, after a long illness, on Monday night. Mr Cunninghame has watched the rise of journalism in this colony from the smallest beginnings. When he first came here, in 1839, he was employed to print by hand a little, single-sheet paper called the Sydney Morning Herald. Afterwards he "set up" the People's Advocate, and later still set off for the gold diggings. Here the tide of fortune set in strongly in his favour, and he made sufficient money, some years later, to set up shop as a printer on a large scale in King-street, whence he made his one and only remove to Pitt-street. Of late years the deceased gentlemen had been in delicate health, and with the object of recouping, he visited Europe last year, passing also some time in Nova Scotia where his uncle, who is 90 years of age, is still living. The tour was, however, of no avail, and this old and respected colonist sank slowly to his end.

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Castleblayney, Monaghan, Ireland


15 May, 1884 (aged ~ 70)
Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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