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Joseph James Kirkby (1803–1878)

A very old resident of this place was buried to-day in the Episcopalian churchyard–I refer to the late Mr Joseph  Kirkby, late owner of the estate of Kirkdale, who was once, in my recollection, a Justice of the Peace for this district, but now he is only a relic of the past. How mankind drop off one by one. I am reminded of those telling words of the greatest dramatist that ever lived. "Referring to the shortness of this life he says: "Out out brief candle, life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour on the stage and then is heard no more".

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • death notice, Launceston Examiner (Tas), 1 October 1878, p 2
  • funeral notice, Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas), 2 October 1878, p 3

Citation details

'Kirkby, Joseph James (1803–1878)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 April 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


1 May, 1803
Stanstead, Hertfordshire, England


30 September, 1878 (aged 75)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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