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Joseph (Joe) Hobbs (1817–1899)

On Saturday morning last there died at Pitt Town its oldest inhabitant – Mr Joseph Hobbs, a man who was born in that quiet hamlet 81 years ago. Deceased had been very feeble during the past few years, and passed away quietly whilst sitting in his chair, the cause of death being senile decay. He was one of the "old school" of hardy pioneers who are fast dying out in the Hawkesbury – one of the early settlers who made his home in the virgin forest of what was but a new country when he was in his early manhood; and he knew what the hardships and privations of those early days were. The late Mr Hobbs was known throughout the length and breadth of the Hawkesbury District, and was as highly respected as he was widely known. Touching his death, a magisterial inquiry was held at Pitt Town by Mr. J. B. Johnston on Saturday, when a verdict of death from natural causes was recorded, in accordance with medical testimony. Deceased leaves a widow and several children, in addition to a long line of relatives. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, and was very largely attended. The cortege was over a mile in length, and is said to have been the longest ever seen in Pitt Town. The interment took place at the Church of England cemetery, Rev. W. S. Newton, M.A., officiating at the grave. Mr. T. Collison, of Windsor, carried out the funeral arrangements.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • death notice, Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW), 29 April 1899, p 4
  • funeral, Australian, Windsor, Richmond, and Hawkesbury Advertiser (NSW), 28 April 1899, p 2

Citation details

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Life Summary [details]


15 May, 1817
Pitt Town, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


22 April, 1899 (aged 81)
Pitt Town, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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.