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William Boswell Ranken (1819–1896)

The death is announced, at the age of 73, of Mr. William Boswell Ranken, J.P., one of the oldest natives of the colony of N.S.W. Deceased was formerly owner of Kelloshiel, and for years occupied a prominent position in Bathurst. He was the son of Mr. George Ranken, who in the early days was the chief magistrate of the district, which then extended to Wellington, and who took up 2000 acres on Crown grant in 1822. Deceased was educated at Dr. Lang's Sydney College, and after spending three years in Germany took up squatting pursuits on the Lachlan, near Forbes. It was on his land that gold was discovered in the early sixties, and he received from the Government compensation for injury done to his land by the diggers. One brother of the deceased was the late Mr. George Ranken, well known as a writer on the land question. Mr. W. B. Ranken is survived by nine children.

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