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Joseph Delaforce (1854–1934)

Just before noon Saturday last. Mr. Joseph Delaforce, 79, passed away at his home in West Kempsey, conse quent on a recent illness. A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Delaforce, of Rawdon Island, Hastings River, he was born at Port Macquarie. Coming to the Macleay in 1872 he married Miss Sarah Marriott in 1875. After a period contracting, he farmed at Mungay Creek, also working the antimony mines on his property. Later he took up land at Collombatti which he worked for thirty years. Of a gentle, cheerful disposition, he was a genial neighbour and his well-known figure will be missed in the town which he served in his capacity as an alderman for some years. He was a skilful amateur photographer and for many years his exhibit at the Macleay A. H. & I. Association's Annual exhibition was worthy of notice, often winning prizes. The funeral Sunday afternoon moved from his late residence after a brief service by the Rev. J. E. A. Chapman, who also officiated at the West Kempsey Methodist Cemetery in the presence of a very large gathering of friends and sympathisers. Mr. J. T. Walker had charge of arrangements. As well as his widow, five daughters and five sons survive, these being Mesdames C.  Clarke, Mountain View; Maurice O'Neill, Uralgurra; E. J. Fuller, Newcastle; S. G. Duckett. Eungai; W. Duckett, Collombatti; Messrs. Ernest Delaforce, Moonebah; Herbert J., Clarence River; Henry H., Sydney: William T., Grafton; and Leslie, Kempsey. Forty-two grandchildren and one great-grand-child are other descendants. Brothers of deceased are Messrs. William Delaforce, Queensland: and Frederick, Hastings River, and sisters Mrs. Thomas Mansfield. Exeter, and Mrs. J. Malton, Coff's Harbour.

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18 September, 1854
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia


18 March, 1934 (aged 79)
Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia

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