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Davy, William Charles (1847–1929)

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Mr. William Charles Davy of Harrington-street, Prospect, who died on Tuesday, was 82 years of age. His wife died on April 19 at the age of 73. Mr. Davy arrived in Australia in 1851, and was married at Trinity Church, Adelaide, on May 14, 1880. He died on the forty-ninth anniversary of his wedding day. For many years he had lived in retirement at Prospect, before which he was in business at Salisbury. In his youth he was a noted athlete. On one occasion Mr. Charles Kingston brought a professional runner from Melbourne to match against Mr. Davy. The race was run at midnight, and was easily won by Mr. Davy, although he had spent the day previous playing in a band at Port Adelaide on board the ship Galatea before the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. Mr. Davy was an accomplished cornet, horn, and trombone player, and, in addition, an excellent public speaker and elocutionist. He leaves an only child, Dr. Ruby Davy, Mus. Bac, who was the first woman to take a degree as doctor in any faculty at the Adelaide University.

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'Davy, William Charles (1847–1929)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/davy-william-charles-13909/text24791, accessed 29 July 2021.

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