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William Goodger (1844–1902)

It is with extreme regret that we announce the death of Mr. William Goodger, JP., one of the best known residents of Ulmarra, which took place on Sunday evening. Deceased's health had been failing for some considerable time, and for a number of years he was compelled to relinquish the active life that characterised his former years. He was one of the earliest settlers in the parish of Ulmarra, and at an early period occupied a property about two miles at the rear of the township. Even at that time he identified himself with public movements, and was conspicuous in his endeavours to advance the locality in which he resided. As the place progressed Mr. Goodger came to reside in the township of Ulmarra, having become local agent in the maize-purchasing business of Messrs. John See and Co., and in that capacity became widely known. He for a number of years was an alderman of the Municipality, and the fact of his being Mayor several times showed be possessed the confidence of his brother Councillors. About 18 years ago he opened a cheese factory on his property at Pillar Valley, but the venture was scarcely a success, dairying not then having obtained the footing in the district that it possesses to-day. He also occupied a seat on the Board of the Clarence and North Coast Farmers' Association, and there were few public matters in which Ulmarra was directly interested that Mr. Goodger's name was not associated with.

He was a member of the Local School Board, and at one time was engaged in the timber industry, fulfilling several contracts for the Melbourne Harbour Trust. He attained the age of 58, and leaves a widow and family. Mrs. Wm. Paine, of Southgate, is a sister of deceased. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon and was largely attended.

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Additional Resources

  • marriage notice, Clarence and Richmond Examiner (NSW), 12 February 1867, p 2

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