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Edward Geoghegan (1813–1869)

Death has taken from our midst another valuable and much respected citizen, Mr. Edward Geoghegan, Town Clerk of Singleton, who expired at his residence, Bishopgate Street, on Monday afternoon. The deceased gentleman was an old colonist, and was possessed of talents of no mean order. He had, when a young man, pursued his studies in medicine at the Paris University, where he was successful in obtaining several degrees. Dr. Geoghegan was a forcible writer, and his long connection with the press contributed in no small degree to develop his talents in that respect. The deceased gentleman had a great penchant for the stage, and many of his old friends in Sydney will no doubt remember the subject of this notice appearing as a prominent amateur in many entertainments in that city in days of yore. With this predilection for the "Legitimate," and his power over the pen, Dr Geoghegan, as may be naturally expected, was a dramatic author of no mean order, and his pen has contributed considerably to the scanty stock of genuine colonial dramatic literature. For several years Dr. Geoghegan resided in Singleton, and upon the establishment of the municipality he obtained the appointment of Town Clerk, which he has now held for a period of nearly three years. By the death of Dr. Geoghegan, the Municipal Council of Singleton will lose a valuable and trustworthy officer; and those that had the honour of enjoying his friendship will be deprived of a warm-hearted and noble companion. The deceased gentleman, who was upwards of fifty years old, had been suffering for a considerable time from disease of the heart, combined with an asthmatic affection; but although it was generally known that the doctor was ill, the sudden announcement of his death took many by surprise.

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'Geoghegan, Edward (1813–1869)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 26 February 2024.

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland


11 January, 1869 (aged ~ 56)
Singleton, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years