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Keith, Edward James (1832–1902)

It was with feelings of the deepest sorrow that we heard of the untimely end of Mr. Edward James Keith, an old and highly esteemed friend of ours, a typical Britisher and Australian, with a heart as big and as good as they could be made. Our information is that he was found dead, pinned to earth at the throat by the dashboard of the buggy he was driving, having been thrown out by the buggy coming into contact with the stump of a tree. Deceased was one of those pioneer settlers who came here from the Camden and coastal country, and settled under the Robertson free selection before survey land laws, and he took up his little 320-acre selection at the base of Morrison's Hill (the corner post of several fairly large pastoral properties of the early, pre-agricultural days); and he made it a snug little home, and at our early shows exhibited some of the most luscious and finest fruits and grapes, and the best of vegetable and farm and dairy products that were grown in the district. Afterwards he fell a victim to the financial crises that set in and that pitilessly ruined and drove from their homes many of the sturdy settlers, like our dear old friend, who came to open up and develop this district, crises whose bad effects were made even brutal by the cruel and thoughtless and suicidal policy that was pursued by the banks, backed up by that of an equally reckless Government. Many have been our bitter regrets when reflecting upon those financially cruel days. Deceased was a brother of Mr. A. G. Keith, of the Meadows, Cullinga, and father of Mrs. J. J. Cartwright, of Morrison's Hill.

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Additional Resources

  • inquest, Cootamundra Herald (NSW), 27 September 1902, p 2

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