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William (Billy) Dunstan (1821–1896)

An old and respected identity was removed by death on Sunday last, in the person of Mr William Dunstan, farmer, of Wilberforce Road. The deceased, who was a native of the district, was a representative of that type of Native which is fast dying out, and whereever he was known he was liked for his many good qualities. There has been no more familiar figure for many years than "Old Billy Dunstan," as he was familiarly called, and his absence will be felt for a considerable time by those many friends of his who were accustomed to see him daily wending his way along George-street, Windsor. Mr Dunstan was taken suddenly ill on Saturday night or Sunday morning, and Dr Gibson was called in, but pronounced the case a hopeless one from the first. The deceased succumbed to an apoplectic stroke about 6 o'clock on Sunday evening. The interment took place on Tuesday morning, amongst those who followed the remains to the grave being his sons, Messrs W. Albert, F. and A. Dunstan, and a host of other relatives residing in all parts of the district. Mr Dunstan was a widower, and his family numbered nine, several children being dead. The funeral was very largely attended, and was conducted by Mr R. W. Dunstan. The burial ceremony took place at St Matthew's Church of England Cemetery, where Rev. S. G. Fielding officiated. The deceased was possessed of considerable property, which will, under the terms of his will, be divided equally between six members of his family.

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'Dunstan, William (Billy) (1821–1896)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 15 April 2024.

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5 September, 1821
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia


28 June, 1896 (aged 74)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

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