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William (Bill) Harris (1854–1907)

from Wellington Times

Quite a sensation was caused in town on Thursday evening when it became known that Mr William Harris, J.P. of Suntop, was dead. About a fortnight ago Mr Harris trod on a nail and suffered some pain from the wound but was not at all anxious about it. On the 6th instant, however, he complained of a stiff feeling in his jaw and consulted Dr Rygate. Tetanus had then set in, however, and early the next evening he expired, at the residence of his brother Mr B. Harris, where he had been brought the previous evening. The late Mr Harris was 50 years of age and was a man much respected and well-liked. He was born in Montefiores, where his late father started a blacksmithing shop in 1850. His farm "Harrisville" is one of the best at Suntop, and he was a good authority on farming matters and stock in particular. He was also a fine sportsman and breeder of some noted blood horses. Two of his horses Narrow Escape and County Clair, are at present leased elsewhere. Only a few months ago he went out of the Australian Hotel where, during his two-year residence, he made a coursing plumpton and held some meetings. A widow and four boys, the eldest being 12 years of age, are left to mourn their loss. There are also five brothers: John, Batty, Patrick, Henry and James, and three sisters: Mrs Heaton, Mrs Tuite and Miss Harris. The funeral took place on Saturday, when a very large number of the deceased’s late friends followed the remains to their last resting place, the Roman Catholic portion of the Wellington Cemetery. The Rev Father Dunne officiated at the graveside, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr J. Thompson.

The following wreaths were sent: Mr and Mrs T. McCormick, Mr and Mrs Rose, Miss McGee, Mr and Mrs Rhodes, Mr and Mrs Flanaghan, Mr Gaden (Apsley), Mr and Mrs Clarke, Mr and Mrs G. P. Wall, Mr and Mrs Lavender. The following letters and telegrams were received: Mr and Mrs D. Harrington and family, Mr and Mrs J. Howey, Mr and Mrs G. Byrnes and family, Mr F. J. Carlin, Mr and Mrs J. O’Brien and family (Suntop), Mr and Mrs Hyeronimus and family, Mr and Mrs Mackey (Parkes), Miss T Tuite (Sydney), Mrs Beacon (Sydney), Mr and Mrs E. Heaton (Brisbane), Mother Joachim (Forbes), Mrs Graham (Newcastle), Mr R Howey, Mr and Mrs W. Connell and family, Mr and Mrs P. Reidy (Suntop), Rev Mother (Forbes), Miss Lynch, Mr and Mrs G. Larance and family.

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'Harris, William (Bill) (1854–1907)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


8 May, 1854
Montefiores, New South Wales, Australia


7 November, 1907 (aged 53)
Wellington, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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