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John Horbury Hunt (1838–1904)

The death took place at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital yesterday morning of Mr. John Horbury Hunt, the well-known architect, at the age of 67 years. The deceased gentleman who was a strong personality, was born in Canada, and came to this State about 50 years ago. For some years he was in the office of the late Mr. Blacket, who excelled as an architect for ecclesiastical buildings. Mr. Hunt was a man of recognised professional skill, and had enjoyed the distinction of occupying the chair of the Institute of Architects. Having ample time for the study of general literature, and being actuated by patriotic impulses, he was a frequent contributor to the press. His writings showed that his standards were of a high kind, and it was his ambition to do all that he could to ensure that only the best types of architecture should prevail. Being an intimate friend of the late Mr. James Barnet, for many years Colonial Architect, Mr. Hunt received a shock recently by the death of that gentleman. For the last 12 months Mr. Hunt's health had been failing, due to the inroads that Bright's disease was making upon his system, and whilst the guest of Mr. Weaver at Strathfield he was attended by Dr. Scot Skirving and Dr. Mills, of Ashfield. Less than a fortnight ago the patient was removed to the Sir James Fairfax Ward in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, but the disease had already made so much progress that the end came yesterday. Mrs. Hunt predeceased her husband about 10 years ago, and her coffin was placed in a vault at Rose Bay, designed by Mr. Hunt. His remains will be removed thither to-day from Wood and Company's mortuary chapel, George-street South.

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October, 1838
St John, New Brunswick, Canada


27 December, 1904 (aged 66)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

kidney disease

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