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John Dight (1808–1867)

Mr. John Dight, the builder of the mills in Melbourne which still bear his name, died at Bungowannah on Tuesday last, after only four days' illness. He was a native of Windsor, and for some years he was a mill-owner at Campbelltown. In the year 1837 he arrived in Albury, and took up the Bungowannah Station, which he held up to the period of his death. But it appears that the station did not afford sufficient scope for the enterprise and industry of Mr. Dight, for we find him some yours afterwards erecting the well-known Dight's Mills in Melbourne. After residing some time in the Victorian metropolis, Mr. Dight returned to the station, leaving his Melbourne affairs in competent hands. By a life spent in perseverance, energy, and prudence, Mr. Dight amassed a large fortune; and if not exactly a colonial millionaire, he was able to count his possessions by several hundreds of thousands. He was fifty-nine years of age.

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2 September, 1808
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia


23 April, 1867 (aged 58)
Albury, New South Wales, Australia

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