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James Curtis (1803–1882)

Mr. James Curtis, a very old and much-esteemed resident of Sydney, died last night at his residence, Hunter-street, after a brief illness. The immediate cause of death was general debility, and Mr. Curtis was perfectly conscious up to the hour of his death. To the majority of Sydney people the family of the deceased gentleman was perhaps better known than he was himself; for, though actively engaged in business pursuits, it is some time since he took an active part in public affairs, and then never sought personal distinction. Among his sons, few citizens are better known than Mr. Peter Curtis, of the Equity Court, and formerly connected with the old Albert Cricket Ground Company; while all members of the family occupy good positions, either in business or in offices of trust. The deceased gentleman was in his 76th year. His funeral takes place at 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. At 9 o'clock in the morning a mass, in connection with the funeral obsequies is to be celebrated in St. Mary's Cathedral. Mr. Curtis was a native of Parramatta.

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'Curtis, James (1803–1882)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 15 July 2024.

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Toongabbie, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


2 October, 1882 (aged ~ 79)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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