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William John Shelley (1845–1922)

Mr. William John Shelley, one of the sons of a pioneer in the settlement of Tumut Plains, died at the Parramatta District Hospital on New Year's Day, and his 77th birthday. His father, the late Mr. George Shelley, settled at Tumut Plains in one of the late 'thirties, and he also lived there for the greater portion of his life.

For many years Mr. W. J. Shelley acted as returning officer for the district, and was a Justice of the Peace and Coroner for many years. He was valuator for the Yass shire, and had worked in the same capacity in the Monaro district previously. Mr. Shelley was a member of the Church of England, and held the office of churchwarden for many year's at Adelong and Tumut. He also assisted in Sunday school work. One of his daughters was killed in the Exter railway accident some years ago, and he never fully recovered from the shock which this caused him. Soon afterwards he left Tumut, and went to reside at Rathmacknee, Smithfield, with his wife and youngest daughter.

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1 January, 1845


1 January, 1922 (aged 77)
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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