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James William Farlow (1857–1905)

General regret was expressed when the untimely death of Mr. James W. Farlow, of Freeman's Reach, became known. The deceased gentleman, who was 48 years of age, had not been in robust health for some time, and about three weeks ago contracted influenza. He grew gradually worse till inflammation of the lungs set in, and to which he succumbed on Monday morning at 9 o'clock. The late Mr. Farlow was a well-known identity of the Hawkesbury, a progressive and prosperous agriculturist, and horse-breeder, and the type of man our district can ill-afford to lose. He was a prominent member of the Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association, and for many years has held a seat on its Council. He was one of the founders of the Freeman's Reach Progress Association, and of the School of Arts, being on the committee of both, and a President of one of those institutions. He was also an Odd-fellow and a Justice of the Peace, and a man of strict sobriety and probity. He was born at Freeman's Reach, and lived in the district all his life. In the pursuits which he followed he was possessed of keen and mature judgment, and did a good deal to improve the class of our draught and light horses. Only recently he exhibited largely at the R.A.S. Show in Sydney with his maize and other products, and was eminently successful; and for years he has been a leading exhibitor at our own show with the products of his farm. His end was very peaceful, and he was quite conscious until a few minutes before he passed away. A widow and ten children — seven sons and three daughters – are left to mourn a good husband and father, the eldest being a son 22 years, and the youngest a child of about two years. The deceased was a son of the late James and Mrs. Farlow, who still lives, and resides on the Terrace, Windsor, and is 73 years of age. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, the remains being laid to rest in St. John's Church of England cemetery, Wilberforce. Rev. W. S. Newton conducted the burial service, and Mr. J. W. Chandler was the undertaker.

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'Farlow, James William (1857–1905)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 July 2024.

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2 May, 1857
Freeman's Reach, New South Wales, Australia


25 September, 1905 (aged 48)
Freeman's Reach, New South Wales, Australia

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