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Matthew (Matt) Sawyer (1834–1924)

The above fine old pioneer of this district, founder of an outstandingly esteemed family, died yesterday afternoon, at the ripe age of 92, at Waverley, where he had been residing for some time.

The interment takes place at Cootamundra tomorrow at noon.

An old friend remarked to us this morning, when discussing the news of the death, that we could write a whole column of attributes, and then it would not overdescribe the late Mr Sawyer. His good wife, too, who died years ago, was another such. The fine couple were held in veneration by all whose pleasure it was to know them. Even among the tramps and sundowners, the name of the Sawyers was one to chat about whilst the billy boiled. None ever went to the homestead without getting a feed and a full tucker bag.

Is it any wonder that "Eulomo" to-day, occupied by Mr Mat. Sawyer, jun., is the last word in hospitality, and that the second and third generation of the Sawyers are so happily congenial when one thinks of the fine stock from whence they have sprung.

It means losing another of the landmarks of the Bethungra district. The long innings is closed. Ninety two is remarkable longevity. The family will miss the veteran, who was hale and hearty to the end—so much so that he loved a relative or friend to play him a game of cards for hours at a time.

It is over 60 years since deceased went to Ironbong, which was the earlier name for Eulomo.

The children now living, are Miss Emma Sawyer, of Waverley, Mrs. James Little, of Wallendbeen; and Messrs. Matthew, Basil and George Sawyer. Mrs Alice Palmer and Mr. Percival Sawyer died.

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8 June, 1834
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia


17 July, 1924 (aged 90)
Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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