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James Maxwell (1814–1898)

On Friday one of the oldest residents of Kangaroo Greek passed away to the great majority, in the person of Mr. James Maxwell, at the ripe age of 84. The deceased was a native of Kirkcudbrightshire, and emigrated to the Hunter in 1854; thence he proceeded to New England, and in 1862 came to Nymboida, where he selected, being one of the first in the district who took up land under the Robertson Land Act. Mr. Maxwell next settled on Kangaroo Creek, where he remained till his death, which took place at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. T. Pitkin. Deceased leaves a family of one son (Mr. T. Maxwell, of Kangaroo Creek) and three daughters (Mrs. C. Ellis, Orara; Mrs. Pitkin, Kangaroo Creek; and Mrs. Mitchell, of Helidon, Queensland), thirty-six grandchildren and twenty-two great grand-children. The deceased gentleman was a splendid ploughman, having gained several medals in Scotland; and after his arrival in New England, won the championship of that district. He was well-known for his sterling honesty and undeviating uprightness; and that he was universally respected was evidenced by the large numbers that assembled to honour his last remains, almost every family within a radius of fifteen miles being represented.

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24 March, 1814
Minigaff, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland


16 December, 1898 (aged 84)
Kangaroo Creek, New South Wales, Australia

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