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John Denney (1814–1883)

Another old colonist has gone to his last resting place. I refer to Mr John Denny [Denney], who died at his residence at Barrington, on Monday morning. The deceased will be remembered as a plumber in Charles-street, Launceston, where he carried on business some 30 years ago. He, with Messrs Robert Stewart, coach builder, Geo. Muggaridge, and others came and settled in the Mersey district. Mr Denny went into the coal mining, and has resided on the Don, at Lower Barrington, for a number of years, but for the last year or so his health has been failing, and he had to give up the worry and care of business. He calmly passed away on Monday morning. His funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon at Don cemetery; great respect was shown by a large number of mourners. The service at the grave was performed by the Rev. Joseph May, assisted by the Rev. Geo. Schofield, of Latrobe, and Rev. R. N. Thompson, of the Forth. The pall was borne by local preachers of the Wesleyan Church, of which Mr Denny was one of the oldest in the colony. I heard him preach 40 years ago in the Patterson-street chapel; no doubt "Cabby" has heard him also, as he seems to have known all old colonists. Mr Denny was a Christian in every sense of the word, and has been the means of doing a large amount of good to the souls and bodies of his fellow men. He leaves a large family to mourn their loss. During the funeral service the Rev. G. Schofield gave a short sketch of his life as a Christian worker and preacher.

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Additional Resources

  • tribute, Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), 24 September 1883, p 3

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Denny, John

2 October, 1814
Norfolk, England


20 August, 1883 (aged 68)
Port Sorell, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

bladder disease

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