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Matthew Hughes (1770–1845)

At his late residence, Richmond, on Thursday, the 25th instant, Mr. Matthew Hughes, aged 75 years, after a short but severe illness of six days, borne with Christian fortitude. Mr. H. was one of the first appointed to train and educate the minds of the youth of this rising colony, and continued to perform the honourable and responsible duties of parochial schoolmaster for upwards of 45 years, with zeal, unwearied diligence, and ability, rarely to be met with. Mr. Hughes has left a large family, and an extensive circle of friends and neighbours to lament his death,—but with a well grounded hope that their temporal loss is his eternal gain.

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Castlepollard, Westmeath, Ireland


25 December, 1845 (aged ~ 75)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: murder
Sentence: life