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Charles Frederick Garnsey (1828–1894)

from Examiner

The announcement of the sudden death of the Rev. Charles Frederick Garnsey, rector of Christ Church, Sydney, who was well known in Launceston, has caused much regret. The Newcastle Morning Herald of December 4 publishes the following particulars:— 'General regret was experienced here (Sydney) to-day by the news of the sudden death from heart disease of C. F. Garnsey, rector of Christ Church, who was one of the most popular clergymen of the city. Yesterday morning he preached at his own church in Sydney, and in the evening he preached at Christ Church, Enmore. At the conclusion of the service in the latter church he felt a sharp pain in the region of the neck. He went to bed as usual, but could not sleep, and at about 1.45 a.m. he got up and came downstairs to his study, where he sat for some time. The pain about his heart becoming more acute he went upstairs again to bed, and at about 3.45 a.m. his eldest son on going into the room to see how he was found him at his last gasp. The reverend gentleman's heart had been affected since he had an attack of influenza about a year ago, but he did not think it bad enough to put himself under medical treatment. The deceased was the second son of the Rev. Thomas Rock Garnsey, vicar of Christ Church, Berry Hill, Gloucestershire. In 1848 he came to Tasmania, and was a fellow of Christ College there, where he held the Gell fellowship. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Nixon, of Tasmania, in 1853, and for some time taught at Christ College. In 1858 he came to Sydney, and was associated in teaching with Mr Savigny, of Cook's river. He afterwards opened a school at Windsor, and while there he married a daughter of Mr Henry Tarleton Stiles, who was for 35 years incumbent of the church in that town. In 1863 he was ordained priest by the Bishop of Sydney, and was for ten years—1867-77—incumbent of St. Matthew's, Windsor. From 1877 to 1878 he was assistant minister of St. James's Church, Sydney, under Canon Allwood, after which he succeeded the late Canon Videl as incumbent of Christ Church, Sydney. Mrs Garnsey died in 1886, and in 1888 he married Miss Marian Walker, daughter of Mr Thomas Walker, of Rhodes, Tasmania, who survives him. By the first marriage he leaves ten children. Two daughters are married. The eldest son, Mr E. R. Garnsey, was a graduate of the Sydney University, and is a barrister of the Supreme Court. His second son, Mr A. H. Garnsey, is a distinguished graduate of the Sydney University."

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15 November, 1828
Berry Hill, Gloucestershire, England


3 December, 1894 (aged 66)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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