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George Frederick Cunynghame (1849–1917)

Mr. George Frederick Clarke Cunynghame died at his residence, Harrow-road, Auburn, on Wednesday morning. He was a member of an old Australian family, his father, the late Robert Drybrough Cunynghame having arrived in Australia from Scotland in the early twenties of last century. This early colonist received what is believed to have been the last free grant of land on Sydney Cove, on the condition that he established a patent slip for ships. He carried on his business as a shipwright, and was a noted member of the Masonic fraternity. The late Mr. G. F. Cunynghame very early in his life entered upon the occupation of a chemist, and was engaged in several of the wellknown old Sydney chemists' businesses. He afterwards became dispenser of the Sydney Hospital, and after seven years in this position was appointed Government dispenser for Parramatta and district. He was for many years associated with the old Parramatta medical men, Dr. Rutter, Dr. Walter Brown, and other well-known men. Subsequently he was transferred to Darlinghurst Gaol, where he was dispenser for fifteen years. After retiring he lived at his home in Westmead, and more lately removed to Auburn, where his sons entered into business. He was noted for his kindness and consideration to all with whom he was brought into association, particularly to those who were most in need of it. The funeral, the arrangements in connection with which were in the hands of Messrs. Wm. Metcalf and Co., moved to the C.E. cemetery, Rookwood on Friday, and was largely attended.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 November 1917, p 6
  • funeral, Cumberland Argus (Parramatta, NSW), 24 November 1917, p 2

Citation details

'Cunynghame, George Frederick (1849–1917)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 April 2024.

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4 April, 1849
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


14 November, 1917 (aged 68)
Auburn, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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