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William Mitchell (?–1913)

from Brisbane Courier

Information has been received here that Mr. William Mitchell, a prominent Western resident, died in the Hillcrest Hospital at Rockhampton on Saturday night (our Longreach correspondent wired yesterday). Deceased, who was born in Cornwall, ran away from home, and landed in Brisbane in 1862 when only a lad of about 14. He went to Gympie on the discovery of the goldfield there, and followed mining. He also went to other places, including Noumea, where he spent several years. He was married in Bundaberg, and after some years in Southern Queensland he left the township of Mitchell, where he kept an hotel, and drove his team across to the Central West. He look contracts for fencing on Darr River Downs. Subsequently he lived in Longreach, and in 1896 took up the Hollymount(?) selection on the Thomson River. A few years ago he sold this, and bought Rio, but disposed of that place, and lived privately in Longreach. A couple of months ago he went o Emu Park, and had been living there. Although he suffered from asthma for years, his last illness was of brief duration. His wife predeceased him. He leaves a family of twelve, the oldest being Mrs. Hamilton, wife of Mr W. Hamilton, member for Gregory. In his young days Mr. Mitchell was a champion wrestler and step dancer, anti on one occasion at Gympie he defeated 30 others in a wrestling contest. He was about 66 years of age.

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4 January, 1913
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

alcoholism (chronic)

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