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William Hall Johnston (1828–1897)

The death of one of the oldest resident of the Hawkesbury, in the person of Mr William Hall Johnston, took place at Sackville Beach on Saturday last, at the age of 68 years. Deceased was well and hearty up to within a few hours of his death. It appears that he had started to ride over to the residence of one of his sons-in-law, and on hearing some persons shooting on the lagoon, rode down to see who they were. Whilst riding along it is believed he fell off his horse. The persons who were shooting at once went to his assistance and found deceased to be in great pain. They at once carried him to his son-in-law's house, from whence he was conveyed to his own home at Sackville Reach. Everything that was possible to ease the sufferer of his pain was done, but all to no avail, deceased expiring shortly after reaching home. The funeral which was one of the largest ever seen in that locality, took place on Sunday afternoon, followers from all parts of the district being present to pay their last respects to deceased, Mr Johnston, who leaves a family of grownup children, was brother to Mrs G. Greenwell and Mrs W. Beard, of Windsor, and of the Messrs Johnston, of Pitt Town. The interment took place in the Presbyterian Cemetery at Ebenezer, the Rev J. Ayling officiating. Mr. T. Collison carried out the duties of undertaker. Mr Johnston was a native of the Hawkesbury District, in which he lived all his life. He was known to be a kind-hearted man, and was in good circumstances. Some time ago he suffered from a severe attack of influenza–at the period when the malady was at its worst in the district–and though he overcame the attack, he still seemed to have been permanently affected by it. Mr Johnston was a widower, his wife having died some few years since. Two of his sons-in-law are the Messrs Brown, the well-known fruit shippers, of Ebenezer.

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