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John Hurst (1836–1922)

Mr. John Hurst, one of the oldest residents of this district, died at his residence, 'lona,' North Wagga, early yesterday morning. Deceased, who was born at Leicestershire, England, on April 6, 1836, came to Australia 78 years ago, and settled at Narellan, near Campbelltown. In 1851, he was one of a party of seven, including his father, who went to try their luck at the Turin goldfields, and five years later he took up residence on the Murrumbidgee River, in the Hay district. Leaving there in 1864, Mr. Hurst secured land near Oura, and in 1891 he purchased a farm at Brucedale, and went to reside there. It was not until 1912 that he actually lived at North Wagga.

It will be remembered that three years ago a series of articles dealing with the pioneer days in New South Wales, written by Mr. Hurst, were published in the 'Daily Advertiser. Mr Hurst, of whom a short biographical sketch was also published, possessed a lively fund of reminiscence, and his stories of the early settlements proved extremely interesting. In 1860 he married the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Henry Angel, who was owner of Uardry Station, on the Murrumbidgee River, near Hay. Mr. Angel, who was a sterling bushman, was one of Hume and Hovell's Exploring party when they made the expedition overland to Hobson's Bay.

Deceased is survived by a widow, 7 sons and 4 daughters — Messrs. Charles George and Ald. Robert John Hurst (Wagga), George (Gunbar), Albert (Holbrook), Arthur (Coolamon), Walter James (The Rock), Frederick William (North Queensland), Mrs. G. H. Peacock (Malebo), Mrs E. G. Wells (North Wagga), Mrs. J. W. Edmondson (Liverpool), and Miss A. M. Hurst (Wagga). In addition he leaves 39 grand-children end eleven great grand children. The funeral, which is appointed to leave his late residence today at 1.45pm, for burial in the Wagga cemetery, will cross Hampden Bridge at 2 o'clock.

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  • funeral, Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW), 16 May 1922, p 2

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'Hurst, John (1836–1922)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 April 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


6 April, 1836
Laughton, Leicestershire, England


14 May, 1922 (aged 86)
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

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