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Charles Gow (1838–1894)

It is with regret we have to record this week the death of Mr. Charles Gow, for many years headmaster of the Carlingford Public School. Mr. Gow had been in ill health for some time, and with Mrs. Gow went to Bathurst last week, thinking the change would improve him, but he died there suddenly on Christmas day. He had recently been on leave, and his place at the school has been filled by Mr. Downey, his assistant. The news of his death came as a great surprise to his numerous friends in the district and Parramatta, only those intimately acquainted with him knowing that he was suffering from an affection of the lungs. For some time past he had been a conspicuous figure on the Rosehill Bowling green, where his geniality and courtesy won him troops of friends. He has been residing at Carlingford for the last 17 years, and has always taken a prominent part in everything for the welfare of the district. For a number of years he was superintendent of St. Paul's Sunday School and was a warden of the church during the whole time he has been in the district. A man of sterling character and respected by everybody around. Much regret was expressed that there was no opportunity to pay the last tribute of respect by attending his funeral. Had the interment taken place in his beloved St. Paul, the cortege would have been the largest seen in the district. He was buried in the family vault at St. Mary's on Thursday. The Rev. Dr. Corlette performed the ceremony at the grave, in the presence of a large number of mourners, including some Carlingford friends, among others the Mayor of Dundas (Mr. F. C. Cox) and Mr. Larcombe. He was 55 years of age and leaves a widow and one adopted daughter, with whom much sympathy is expressed. We could have spared a worse man.

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17 August, 1838
Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia


25 December, 1894 (aged 56)
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

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