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William Payne (?–1831)

Some notice is due to the memory of this gentleman, whose untimely fate is lamented by all that knew him. His father of the same name, was the proprietor of Frickley Hall, near Doncaster, and Lord of the Manor of Peniston. Two of his sons, a physician and a lawyer, are now residing at Leeds in Yorkshire. Perhaps few families displayed more of the old English hospitality and style of living, than was kept up at Frickley Hall, before landed property experienced a change.

Mr. Payne, who arrived in this Colony at the commencement of the present year, was bred an English gentleman farmer, practically and theoretically; the library at Frickley (as the writer of this well remembers) being stored with all the standard works on Agriculture, and the periodicals of the day. It was Mr. Payne's intention to shew an example of English farming in many points not practised here, if it were possible, as he said, to avoid falling into that state of apathy and carelessness, which struck him with surprise as pertaining to the settlers generally. A few years ago he travelled through France and Switzerland, from which he obtained much valuable information. His loss to the Colony is therefore to be deplored, especially on account of the manner of it, as it may tend to prevent Emigrants of the same useful and superior class, from adventuring to New South Wales.

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19 July, 1831
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

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