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William Henry Langsford (1849–1918)

William Langford, n.d.

William Langford, n.d.

photo supplied by Donald Kirkham

Another of the old and respected pioneer residents of the district, in the person of Mr. William Henry Langsford, passed away quietly and unexpectedly at his residence, Dunolly, on Thursday evening, about 8.45. The deceased gentleman, who would have reached his 70th year tomorrow, had not been in good health lately, although able to go about as usual. Death was due to heart failure. He was born in St. Neot's, Cornwall, and came to Australia with his father, mother, and sister when he was a boy. The family, now all deceased, settled first at Wylie's Flat, and subsequently Mr. Langsford settled at Dunolly, where he resided till the time of his death. Latterly he had been living in retirement, after being many years a carrier and farmer. At one time he was a well-known breeder of Clydesdale horses, and owned some very fine animals. When in his more robust health he was an active and prominent member of the L.O.L. Protestant Alliance, and Manchester Unity Order of Oddfellows, and he and his family were always closely associated with the work of the Methodist Church. Deceased was a fine type of the English farmer, and his sterling qualities won for him very general respect and esteem. The late Mr Langsford was married three times, and the issue by the first marriage were Mrs. Keogh (Newcastle), Mr. George T. Langsford and Mrs. W. Henry (Singleton), Mr. W. H. Langsford (Newcastle), Mrs. Donald Smith (Singleton), and Mrs. W. Papworth (Newcastle). The family by the second marriage are Mrs. Joseph Cann and Messrs. Harry and Ronald Langsford (all of Singleton). Very sincere sympathy is extended to the widow and family in their sad loss. The funeral took place at 4 p.m. yesterday in the Methodist cemetery, Singleton, and was largely attended by all sections of the community.

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William Langford, n.d.

William Langford, n.d.

photo supplied by Donald Kirkham

Life Summary [details]


17 March, 1849
St Neot, Cornwall, England


14 March, 1918 (aged 68)
Dunolly, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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