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George Matthew Rowley (1822–1866)

We have never been called upon to record the decease of a gentleman more esteemed, and more universally regretted, than one who was followed to his grave, yesterday morning—Mr George Rowley.

As a member of the legal profession, his character is unnecessary to extol—it is endorsed by all of his professional brethren.

In private life, Mr Rowley drew around him a circle of warm and sincere friends by his amiability and cordiality, and his loss will be deeply, but not mournfully felt. He was a "good man," in every sense of those two words, and they embody all the eulogium that can be paid to his memory.

Mr Rowley was an ardent admirer and patron of the turf, and commenced his racing career upwards of twenty years ago, with the once famous horse Oiley Gammon, of whom our turfites must have remembrance. He subsequently became half owner in the horses, Mariner and Sailor, in partnership with the late lamented George Rowe. The late Mr George Rowley was one of the most prominent men, both by advice and assistance, in inaugurating the present Randwick—the first race meeting, par excellence, in the Australian colonies.

In recording the death of this gentleman, we experience a very deep feeling of sorrow but he was in life a good man, and he has passed away from us with every prayerful hope that mortals can bestow. Mr Rowley was buried on Friday morning, and was followed to his last resting place by the many that loved and honored him.

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8 July, 1822
Bankstown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


10 October, 1866 (aged 44)
Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

brain disease

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