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James Paull (1842–1914)

An old and respected resident of Goulburn, Mr. James Paull, died on Friday morning at half-past three o'clock after a long illness from an internal complaint. He was operated upon six years ago in Sydney and got better for a time; but the trouble recurred. Mr. Paull was born at St. Heliers, Jersey, on July 17, 1842, and was therefore, 72 years of age. He came to Australia when two years of age, and his parents settled at Windsor. Mr. Paull was married at Newcastle on 2nd February, 1865, and joined the railway service in the same year. At various times he was stationed at Newcastle, Waratah, Campbelltown, Picton, and Goulburn. He arrived in Goulburn 30 years ago, and for 30 years lived in the one house in Bourke-street. After being in the railway service 40 years he retired in 1904, then holding the position of head guard. While acting as guard Mr. Paull travelled no fewer than 1,431,112 miles in train journeys, practically all on the southern line. When he retired his last time-sheet, with the total mileage as given added, was presented to him by Superintendent Milne. The interesting document had been framed. It may be mentioned that Mr. Paull's train was the last one to pass safely over the bridge before the Cootamundra disaster occurred. Mr. Paull leaves a widow, five sons, and two daughters. The sons are Messrs. Herbert, W. Ernest James, Alfred Henry, all of Sydney, Robert Louis, Goulburn, and Tristram Mark, Coolamon. The daughters are Mrs. James Emmerton, Queensland, and Mrs D. Bransgrove, Goulburn. Three daughters and one son predeceased their father.

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17 July, 1842
St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands


28 August, 1914 (aged 72)
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia

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