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John Hardman Lister (c. 1828–1890)

Last week we recorded the death of Mr. John Lister, one of the party who claimed credit for the discovery of gold at Ophir with Mr. Hargraves. Mr. Lister's death took place on Friday, and on the following day his second eldest son died. This morning a telegram was received in town that his sister, the wife, of Mr. William Tom, of Byng, had died. All three fell victims to pleurisy. A strange coincidence occurred in the case of Mr. Lister. Very recently efforts have been made to secure from Government some recognition of his and Mr. W. Tom's claim to reward as first discoverers of gold in New South Wales. A commission was appointed to make enquiries and to take evidence, &c, and on the very day the commission was to commence its work, Mr. Lister died.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Newcastle Morning Herald (NSW), 19 September 1890, p 5

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'Lister, John Hardman (c. 1828–1890)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 June 2024.

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c. 1828
Herefordshire, England


17 September, 1890 (aged ~ 62)
Blayney, New South Wales, Australia

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