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Watson Hunter (1872–1924)

The funeral of the late Mr. Watson Hunter, whose death occurred at his late residence, Teralba-road, on Saturday last, after a long illness, took place on Monday, the interment being in the Methodist portion of Sandgate Cemetery, Rev. J. C. MacAulay officiating. Prior to the funeral he also conducted a short service at the house. Mr. H. S. Wells read the ceremony of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, the deceased having been a member of the order for a number of years. The chief mourners were the widow and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Hunter (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. W. Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hunter, Matthew and Joseph (brothers and sisters-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. A. Lowbridge, Mr. and Mrs. P. Mowbray, Mr. and Mrs. B. Francis, Mr. D. Francis, and Mr. and Mrs. G. Myers (sisters and brothers-in-law). The pall-bearers were four members of the Adamstown Fire Brigade (the deceased having been an old fireman), Messrs. A. Onslow, A. Seidencamp, J. Ryan, A. Marstella. Wreaths were sent by: His Wife, Les and Mary. Jennie and George, Boy and Gert, the Green family, the Walter family, H. Body, Mr. and Mrs. S. Northey, Mr. and Mrs. T. Harrison, the Bisley family, Adamstown Methodist Church Aid, Mr. and Mrs. T. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. E. Blanch, Mrs. J. W. Brooks and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. Rutherford, Willie Francis, members Adamstown Fire Brigade, New Lambton Miners' Lodge, employees Loco., Hamilton. The deceased, who was 51 years of age, was born in Ballarat, Victoria. When 12 months old, he came with his parents to Adamstown, where he had resided continuously for 50 years. He was associated with the public life of the municipality, and served for a number of years as an alderman. He was a well-known fireman, his name standing on record as one of the old volunteer brigade. Only his illness, which had extended over eleven years, compelled him to relinquish public duties. He was for some time connected with the coal mining industry, having been employed at the old Boroholo, the Glebe, and New Lambton Collieries, and it was fitting to find representatives of these collieries at his funeral. He is survived by his widow, one son, and an aged mother. Rev. Mr. MacAulay paid a tribute to the Christianlike devotion of his wife and family during his lengthy illness.

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'Hunter, Watson (1872–1924)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 April 2024.

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23 August, 1872
Scarsdale, Victoria, Australia


19 January, 1924 (aged 51)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

peripheral neuritis

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