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Henry John Shadforth (1803–1890)

There died at his residence, Manly, on Sunday, Mr. Henry Tudor Shadforth, who was Usher of the Black Rod to the Legislative Council of this colony for more than 37 years. The deceased gentleman, who occupied the Usher's chair from the 27th June, 1860, to the 1st August, 1883, was the eldest son of the late Lieutonant-Colonel Shadforth, for some years in command of the 57th Regiment in this colony, who, in the battle of Albuera, in 1811, was shot down in the moment of victory, receiving a wound from the effects of which he never wholly recovered. The British in that memorable action lost 4300 men out of 7500 engaged. There is no part of Colonel Napier's "History of the Peninsular War" more exciting or more eloquent than that part in which he describes the final attack of the British Infantry, which resulted in winning the day. Colonel Shadforth, then in command of a Company, was promoted to a majority on the field. Two of his sons, the subject of this memoir, and a younger brother, who, in 1855, fell at the head of his regiment in the attack on the Redan—accompanied their father as subalterns in the 57th Regiment to this colony, where the former was for some years in command of detachments on the Western Line, and the principal roads were under his direction. He married the second daughter of Mr. Justice John Stephen, the first Puisine Judge of the Supreme Court, and had a large family, of whom the eldest daughter married her cousin, the present Mr. Justice Henry Stephen. On quitting the service, Mr. Shadforth was appointed Usher of the Black Rod to the Legislative Council, after relinquishing which, he retired to a cottage at Manly erected by him.

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1 January, 1803
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England


21 September, 1890 (aged 87)
Manly, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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