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Edward Archibald Richardson-Bunbury (1865–1937)

Many residents throughout the State and particularly those in the South-West, received a shock on Tuesday last when it was learned that Mr. Edward Archibald Richardson-Bunbury, of Marybrook, had passed away. So sudden was his demise that there were many of his friends who could scarcely believe the sad news. The late Mr. Bunbury enjoyed good health, and although almost seventy years of age, had on the day of his death been attending to duties on his extensive farm at Marybrook, and gave no indication that he was ill. It is understood that after a tiring day on his farm, he retired fairly early on Monday evening. Later, he suffered a sudden heart attack from which he never rallied. Medical aid was quickly summoned, and he was moved to the Busselton Hospital. On arrival at that institution, however, it was found that life was extinct.

The late Mr. Bunbury was born at '"Beachlands" sixty-nine years ago, and was the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Richardson-Bunbury, who were both well known throughout the State. His mother was a daughter of the late Colonel Molloy, the founder of Augusta, and whose name is so well known in connection with the pioneering days of this part of the South-West.

Of a straightforward and upright character, deceased had gained the respect and appreciation of a very large circle of friends, whilst the scientific methods of his farming pursuits had earned for him a distinction of being an authority on agriculture in this part of the State. He was educated at the Hale School, and in his early manhood days had occupied a position in the West Australian Bank. After residing at Carnarvon for a short time, he came to Marybrook where he settled and had remained ever since. His two brothers, Messrs. Mervyn and Moutray Richard-Bunbnry, both of whom were well known, predeceased him some years ago. Mrs. W. G. Pickering, of Nedlands, Lady D. O'Farrell (England), Miss Alice Richardson-Bunbury (England), Mrs. W. A. Gale (Melbourne) add Miss E. Richardson-Buubury (Albany) were his sisters; whilst Mrs. H. Devereaux-Capel, who died in Perth last week, was also a sister.

Besides a sorrowing wife, deceased leaves a grown-up family of three daughters—Corrie (Mrs. J. Cootes), Dorothy (Mrs. B. Brockman) and Marjorie, and one son, Vernon, to all of whom the deepest sympathy is extended.

The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, when, after a solemn service in St Alarms Church, the remains were laid to rest at Marybrook, the Rev. R. E. Davies conducted the service at the church and at the graveside. The cortege, which comprised over thirty cars, after leaving the main road, wound its way through the extensive property of the late Mr. Bunbury, past "Marybrook House" where he had spent so much of his life, and on to St Michael's Church, which was recently built and stands on land given the Anglican Church but a short time ago by deceased himself, and which can be clearly seen from his old home. As a fitting tribute to the donor, special permission had been obtained to inter his remains in the church-yard, and no better resting place could have been found for he who had lived so much of his long and useful life in its vicinity.

The chief mourners were Mrs. V. M. Richardson-Bunbury (wife), Mesdames J. Cootes and R. Brockman and Miss Marjory Richardson-Bunbury (daughters), Mr. Vernon Richardson-Bunbury (son), Mr. W. G. Pickering (brother-in-law), Mrs. H. Heppingstone and Miss Connie Heppingstone (sisters-in-law), and Messrs. W. Capel (nephew) and H. and C. Heppingstone.

The pall bearers were Messrs. P. Warburton, P. L. Reynolds, S. Carter, D. Mewitt, F. B. Vines and J. Carroll, and the casket was borne by Messrs. J. V. Brockman, P. Carter, J. Prince and C. Vines. Among the large number of people who gathered at the graveside to pay their last respects, the following were noticed:—His Worship the Mayor of Busselton (Mr. C. B. Andrews), chairman of Sussex Road Board (Mr. S. Carter), Messrs. H. Carter, Sr., H. Carter, Jr., B. E. Killerby, A. Breeden, J. A. Christie, A. R. Bovell, L. N. Weston, A. Guthrie, R. J. Seymour, G. W. Barnard, C. M. Barnard, R. T. Elliott, T. H. Wright,  E. McDaniel, P. S. Bignell, J. Lyddy,  M. Molloy, W. C. Forrest, H. Yelverton. T. W. Pearce, R. P. Reading, C. G. Fildes, E. Harris, J. W. Holmes, H. Andrews, T. Carter, H. Willmott, T. J. Kealy, E. Dawson, J. M. Nelson, R. Donald, W. P. Yates, W. H. Harwell, A. J. Bussell, C. Heppingstone, H. Heppingstone, W. G. Pickering. L. M. Terry. T. Morris, L. Armstrong. G. Harris, F. L. Berryman, F. Berryman and S. Berryman.

Many beautiful floral tributes were laid on the grave, among which were the following:—Loving Wife and family; Mum, Jack, Vera, Cony, Marjorie and Dorothy; Dorothy O'Farrell; Mervyn; Connie; Claire Layman; Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Forrest and family; Dr. and Mrs. Yates and family; Joy B. Howard; Mr. and Mrs. L. Blythe and family; Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Seymour; Diana and John Edwards; Thelma and Isa; Mrs. Yelverton and Ethel; Dorothy and Jack Maslin; Mrs. Percy Carter and family; J. E. Piercy; Mrs. Coley and family; F. C. and F. J. Seymour; Mabel and Paul; Marybrook Cricket Club; Cammilleri family; Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Nelson; G. Harris, Eb. and Ken; Mr. and Mrs. W. Barrett and family and Norman; Southern Districts Agricultural Society; Mr. and Mrs. A. C.. Guthrie; Ida and Stella Layman; Mr. and Mrs. Tutton and family; Mr. and Mrs. Lowther and family; Percy and Hilda Reynolds; Lucy and Gladys Reynolds; Mr. and Mrs. F. Collins and family; Mr. and Mrs. H. Reading; Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Reading; Mr. and Mrs. T. Kinsell; E. Taylor and family; Isabella, George and Billy; Mr. and Mrs. Kealy and family; Mrs. and Mrs. Holmes; "Westlawn" ; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Curtis and family; Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Bignell and family; W. O'Donnell and Mr. and Mrs. M. Carroll; Mr. and Mrs. W. Curtis and family; Mr. and Mrs. Willie Keenan and Raymond; Mr. and Mrs. Beacham and family; McDermott family ; Mr. and Mrs. H. Lewis and family; D. W. McGregor and Miss Ivy Paisley; R. T. Elliott, Edith, Bob and Miss O'Driscoll; Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Forrest and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Mewitt; Mr. and Mrs. L. Mackintosh; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Carter and family ; Amy and Orbelle Maitland; Mr and Mrs. Berryman; Dorothy Hubert; Eileen and Bertie; Maggie, Edward and family; Sam and Daisy Berryman; May and Lou Weston; Killerby and Breeden families; Mr. and Mrs. J. Lyddy; Mr. and Mrs. Plaistowe; Mrs. Reading, Sr.; John Forrest and family; Harry, Ella, Douglas, Mick, Hilton and Alfreda; Mr. and Mrs. C. Reading; Kitty and Fred Berryman; Mr. and Mrs. S. Carter and Sons and Mr. Herbert Carter; Miss Prinsep; Mrs. Kinsella and Tillie; Mr. and Mrs. Harwood and family; A. Stanton; Fred and Mary Vines and family; Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Pearce, Lorna and Shirley; Jim and Molly French; Douglas Yelverton; Gwen, Laura and Norah; Blanche and Henry Willmott and boys; Quindalup Sports Club; Mr. and Mrs. A. Thurkle; Mr. and Miss Keenan; Mr. and Mrs. H. Keenan; Ned and Mrs. Dawson and family; Pearce family; Mr..and Mrs. A. Rose; Ted, Adam and Joe Armstrong; Lindsay and Florrie Armstrong; Vernon and Dorothy and Julius; Mrs. Dunnet and family and Miss Green.

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'Richardson-Bunbury, Edward Archibald (1865–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


7 August, 1865
Busselton, Western Australia, Australia


6 December, 1937 (aged 72)
Busselton, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.