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John P. Freehill (1844–1865)

The Late Mr. John Freehill. — Many of our readers will hear with regret of the death of Mr. John Freehill, eldest son of Mr. P. Freehill, of Lower George-street. The deceased was educated in St. Mary's Seminary, and on the completion of his studies received an appointment in the Treasury — which he was only enabled to keep for a few months owing to ill health. He visited the country where for a time he appeared to get the better of his complaint, which was consumption, he returned to Sydney where the disease attacked him with redoubled force. He gradually got worse till a few days ago alarming symptoms set in, and he expired late last evening after receiving all the rights of our Holy Church, surrounded by his sorrowing parents and friends. His funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon, the procession to move from St. Patrick's Church at 3 o'clock. May the Lord have mercy upon his soul.

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  • memorial poem, Freeman's Journal (Sydney), 16 December 1865, p 794

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1 December, 1865 (aged ~ 21)

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