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Ellem, Richard (1830–1912)

The late Mr. Richard Ellem (brief particulars of whose death we published on Thursday, was one of the oldest residents of the Clarence River district, in which he had resided for 40 years. Previous to coming to this locality his home was on the Hawkesbury River, of which he was a native. He was born in the year 1831, and married in 1851. He and his wife (who survives him) celebrated their Diamond Jubilee last year, on the completion of their sixtieth year of married life. Their family of seven sons and five daughters are all living, and all married. The old couple had no less than 85 grand-children and 36 great-grand-children, which must be something of a record. Mrs. Ellem, senr., who, as has been remarked, survives her husband, is still hale and vigorous, although of a very advanced age. The remains were interred in the Ulmarra Cemetery on Tuesday last, and the funeral cortege was followed by a large and representative number of townspeople, all anxious to pay their last tribute to the memory of a worthy and well-respected pioneer. The Rev. E. G. Hockey conducted the burial service.

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27 October 1830
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia


26 February 1912
Ulmarra, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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