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Jonas Goode Nelson (1851–1924)

One of the members of the rapidly thinning band of Sudan contingenteers —Mr. Jonas Goode Nelson—died at the residence of Mr. T. Cambridge, Braidwood Road, on Saturday morning, the cause of death being heart failure. He was 72 years of age, and leaves a daughter, Mrs. Percy King, of Ifield, and two sons, Messrs. G. .E. Nelson, Auburn-street, and W. L. Nelson, W.A..

The late Mr. Nelson was born in Bicester, Oxfordshire, West of England, coming to New South Wales with his parents in the ship Parsee in 1855. His father, Constable Nelson, was killed at Collector by Ben Hall's gang, and the monument to his memory is a prominent feature in the old village.

Mr. Jonas Nelson also joined the mounted police, and was stationed at Glen Innes, Grafton, and several other country towns. When the Sudan Contingent was organised, he Joined the force, and on returning became a member of the citizen forces in Goulburn. His wife, a Miss Bill, of Braidwood, died over 25 years ago. He was one of the oldest members of the local Druids' Lodge, and was for many years caretaker of the Goulburn Race Club's course. He was always an enthusiast in military affairs, and took part in the Anzac Day procession to Rocky Hill twelve days ago. At one time he was a member of the Goulburn Fire Brigade, under Captain Mayne.

Messrs. Samuel Nelson (another Sudan veteran), A. E. Nelson (Clifford-street), and Thos. Nelson (Vic.) are brothers. Mesdames Ifield and Raynor, of Sydney, are sisters.

The funeral took place on Monday afternoon at the C. of E. Old Cemetery.

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'Nelson, Jonas Goode (1851–1924)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 July 2024.

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27 October, 1851
Bicester, Oxfordshire, England


4 May, 1924 (aged 72)
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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