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William Richardson-Bunbury (1817–1877)

Our very old and widely esteemed fellow-colonist Mr. William Richardson Bunbury has been suddenly and unexpectedly taken from among us, after but a few days of severe illness, by death on the evening of Tuesday, the 13th inst., and on Thursday morning his mortal remains were consigned to the grave in the Cemetery at Busselton in the sorrowing presence of many of the inhabitants of that district. Though, during a residence of nearly thirty years at Busselton, Mr. Bunbury had soon shown some disinclination to take an active or conspicuous part in public affairs, none could doubt his capablity for a career of much usefulness. As a magistrate, his presence on the Bench, if somewhat infrequent of late years, was ever hailed with satisfaction by all who were interested in the decision to be given, for he brought with him a clear mind, an impartial spirit, and much patience in hearing and considering evidence. As a chairman or member of the district Roads Board, and as Secretary of the Agricultural Society in its earliest years, he gave ample proof that whatever duty of a public diameter he undertook he would thoroughly and efficiently discharge. A thoroughly just and upright man in all his dealings with others, a man to be depended upon, his loss will be greatly felt in the neighborhood in which he dwelt for so many years; and for the colonists, but far more for the sake of his widow and numerous family, bereaved so unexpectedly of an excellent husband and father, we must now lament his untimely death.

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5 June, 1817
Augher, Tyrone, Ireland


13 November, 1877 (aged 60)
Busselton, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

intestinal obstruction

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