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William Pitt Faithfull (1806–1896)

On the 24th ult.,at Springfield Station, near Goulburn (N.S.W.), there passed away Mr. William Pitt Faithfull, in his 90th year. Mr. Faithfull was one of the oldest residents of the district, if, indeed, not the oldest, and by his death the colony loses another of that small body of pioneers who opened up the country in early years. Mr. Faithfull left school at the age of 15, and then entered as a clerk in the office of his uncle, Mr. Robert Jenkins, at that time a leading Sydney merchant. On his uncle's death Mr. Faithfull took up country pursuits. For some time he managed a station for Mrs. Jenkins, and then when he was about 21 he took up Springfield, where he had resided ever since. Mr. Faithfull was married in 1844, and leaves several sons and daughters. One son, Mr. A. Lucian Faithfull, has for some time been managing Springfield. Mr. Faithfull was appointed a justice of the peace in 1836, and was subsequently made warden of the district. He represented Argyle during the years 1858-9, and was afterwards appointed to the Legislative Council by Sir W. Denison, resigning the position when Sir C. Cooper sought to pack the Upper House with new members favourable to the policy of his Government. After that Mr. Faithfull retired from public life, and devoted himself to the management of his large estate.

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11 October, 1806
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia


24 April, 1896 (aged 89)
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia

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