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William Redman (1823–1882)

This gentleman, whose decease was announced in yesterday's paper, was born in Sydney about the year 1822. Had deceased survived until 23rd October next, he would have completed his 59th year. He was educated at the Sydney College when Mr. W. T. Cape was the head master, under whose tuition many scholars received a liberal education, and have occupied the most prominent positions in the political and social worlds of the country. He was married to the daughter of the late Mr. Carrington, who was Crown Solicitor or Prosecutor many years ago at Melbourne. His father was for many years in the Government service in different capacities, but ultimately he became Governor of the Gaol (about 40 years ago) in George-street, on the site of which many valuable buildings have since been erected, his father living and owning property immediately opposite, which has recently been purchased by Mr. Merriman, late Mayor of the city. Deceased's father afterwards becoming too inactive for Government service, was allowed to retire on a pension by Governor Brisbane. Deceased was admitted as an attorney some 35 years ago, and practised his profession successfully until the discovery of the goldfields at the Turon diggings, Sofala; when he, in company with Mr. John Want, and a person named Doney, formed themselves into a company with the view of prospecting the gold fields there. This party was amongst the earliest explorers in that portion of the country, and the rush at the time was a new one. They took claims up on a place known as Lucky Point. Their enterprise was rewarded, and resulted in their obtaining within a period of four or five months, the sum of from £1400 to £1500 each. They had men employed on a lay, and they were rewarded for their services, for the same period, with the payment of about £150 each. At a later period of his life (some 25 years ago) deceased set out for new diggings at Kiandra; but with indifferent success, and subsequently became the purchaser of quartz reefs in various mining districts, which proved rather unprofitable. As a solicitor, commencing about 35 years ago, he was successful, and in that direction he accumulated considerable property, but relinquished his business to a great extent, with a view of entering into the speculations already alluded to. From ill-health and disinclination he might have been said to have abandoned his profession. In December, 1860, when political feeling ran high in the colony on the land question, and Sir John (then plain Mr.) Robertson's Land Bill was his platform, Mr. Redman contested Queanbeyan with the member who had previously sat for it, Mr. Wm. Forster, and avowed himself a supporter of free-selection. He was returned against Mr. Forster by 290 votes to 182, or by a majority of 108, and sat throughout the fourth Parliament of New South Wales; but on its dissolution he sought the suffrages of the electors of the Western Goldfields, but subsequently gave way in favour of Mr. Walter Church, who was at that time elected. Of late years he was a great sufferer from sciatica, rheumatism, and other complaints brought about by his exposure in his goldfield searches and speculations, and which rendered him altogether unable to attend for many months past to business of any kind. He had accumulated considerable property in the city and elsewhere, and at the time of his death was in affluent circumstances. The funeral will take place this day, at the old burial grounds, Elizabeth-street, where the family vault, containing relatives of deceased, is situate. Mr. Redman leaves a wife, but no family, to mourn their loss.

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20 October, 1823
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


15 September, 1882 (aged 58)
Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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