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William Charles Hill (1838–1919)

The death occurred at his residence, Rancliff, Ocean-street Edgecliff, at noon on Saturday, in his 81st year, of Mr. William Charles Hill, M.L.C., of the well-known firm of Messrs. Hill, Clark, and Co., Ltd., woolbrokers and stock and station agents. He had been in failing health for several weeks.

He was a son of the late Mr. Richard Hill, M.L.C. and spent the greater part of his life in New South Wales. Born in Sydney, his early life was for the most part spent in the country. He was one of the original partners in the firm of Messrs. Maiden, Hill, and Clark. Upon Mr. Maiden's retirement from the business the firm was carried on under the name of Hill, Clark, and Co., the business later being formed into a limited liability company, with the late Mr. Hill as chairman of directors. The late Mr. Hill's name was closely linked with the Buttabone Estate, on the Macquarie River, below Warren—one of the best-equipped stations in Australia. He was managing director of the Buttabone Pastoral Company, which owns the estate, and which, incidentally, always figures prominently among the exhibitors at the Royal Show. The deceased was a very prominent pigeon shot in his younger days. He was always intimately associated with the turf, and had interests in racehorses, latterly in Gadabout, Rushford, Irritation, and Gallipoli. For over 25 years he was chairman of directors of the Rosehill Racing Club, in which he was a large shareholder. He was appointed a member of the Legislative Council some years ago.

He married a daughter of Captain Chas Smith. Mrs. Hill died many years ago, and left a daughter, Miss Edith Hill, an active worker for the Red Cross, the War Chest, and other organisations. Mr. Jack Smith, late of Tucka Tucka, and Mr. Colin Smith, of Glenbrook, are brothers-in-law. Mr. Robt. A. Hill, of Sydney, Mr. Fitz Hill, who has been on active service with the A.I.F., and Mr. Edward Hill, of Mosman, are brothers of the deceased.

The funeral will leave Mr. Hill's late residence at 9.30 a.m. to-day for the Waverley Cemetery.

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'Hill, William Charles (1838–1919)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


5 May, 1838
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


11 January, 1919 (aged 80)
Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (stomach)

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

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