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Michael Francis Macoboy (1810–1872)

We regret to have to announce the death of Mr. Michael Francis Macoboy, judge of the County Court and Court of Mines, Sandhurst. Mr. Macoboy was about 62 years of age, and was one of the earliest appointed County Court judges. He was the son of a merchant carrying on business in Cork, Ireland, was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and was called to the Irish bar in Trinity term, 1842, He came to this colony in 1855, and soon afterwards commenced practice. In 1858 the number of County Court judges was increased from three to eight, and one of the appointments was conferred on Mr. Macoboy. He was stationed at first at Maryborough; but in 1867, very much against his will, he was transferred to Sandhurst, where the business was more important. He had latterly been suffering from severe illness, and about a fortnight ago it was found necessary to appoint a deputy to transact business in his place. He never rallied from the attack, and died yesterday, as we have already stated. As a judge Mr. Macoboy, notwithstanding a few peculiarities, was well qualified for his position. He was patient and painstaking, and in mining cases his opinions were usually regarded with respect. Rumour has already been rife with the names of possible successors, amongst which that of Mr. Dunne seems, for well-known reasons, most frequently to recur.

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Cork, Ireland


4 March, 1872 (aged ~ 62)
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

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