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Matthew Henry Hughes (1822–1905)

The late Matthew Hughes was a native of Richmond, and was born in the old school house, where Mr Newland's cottage now stands, in Francis-street, and was buried within a few yards of the spot where he was born. The deceased gentleman was a strong adherent of the Church of England, having occupied a position on the Parochial Council for over a quarter of a century. His father was one of the first Sunday School teachers in Richmond, and the son followed in the father's footsteps. Having a strong and robust constitution, deceased had but little sickness through life, and he was a hard working man, having followed farming pursuits. He had not been ill long before his death, which was the result of senile decay. Mr Arthur Hughes, who is in business in the Orange district, and a married daughter at Goulburn, were unable to get to Richmond in time for the funeral. A widow and grown up family of five survive him. The funeral took place on Monday, and it was largely attended. The remains were interred in the Church of England Cemetery, Richmond. Rev. H. Fryer officiated at the grave, and Mr Albert Price was the undertaker. At the grave Mr Fryer delivered a feeling address on the exemplary life of deceased, holding his life up as one worthy of emulation by the rising generation.

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10 June, 1822
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia


17 December, 1905 (aged 83)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

kidney disease

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