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Rowland Hasall Oakes (1821–1888)

Great sensation was created in Bathurst yesterday morning by the receipt of intelligence from Rockley that Mr. Rowland H. Oakes had committed suicide at Bunnamagoo station by shooting himself. At first the news was disbelieved, but confirmatory messages were soon received which set all doubts at rest. The full particulars are not yet to hand, but from what we could gather it appears that Mr. Oakes left Bathurst for the station for the purpose of completing arrangements for the sale of the property, which was fixed for Monday next, he being partner with Mr. J. N. McIntosh in the station, and as he then appeared to be enjoying good health, the news of his death by such means came with a terrible shock to his relatives and friends in Bathurst, several of whom started for Bunnamagoo as soon as word of the sad occurrence was received. Mr. Oakes was son of the late Mr. George Oakes of Parramatta, one of the earliest settlers in the colony. He came to Bathurst shortly after the gold discovery and has lived in the district ever since. His first wife (who was daughter of Rev. Ralph Mansfield) died some years ago, and only recently Mr. Oakes married again. He was father of Mr. F. M. Oakes (of the firm of R. and W. Oakes), Mrs. Strickland (2) of Forbes, Messrs. Alfred and Stanley Oakes, and two other sons. An inquest will be held, when, no doubt, the full particulars surrounding the sad occurrence will be elicited.

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Additional Resources

  • inquest, Bathurst Free Press (NSW), 24 April 1888, p 2

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'Oakes, Rowland Hasall (1821–1888)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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2 June, 1821
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


20 April, 1888 (aged 66)
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

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