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Shillington, Richard Davis (Dick) (1868–1935)

from Longreach Leader

Mr. Richard Davis Shillington, of Galah Street, Longreach, passed away at his home on Tuesday. Deceased, who was 69 years of age, had been in indifferent health for some time and his demise was not unexpected.

Mr. Shillington was born at Belfast. Coming to Australia at the age of 17 he obtained work on the Rockhampton-Longreach railway construction and followed the line out to the latter centre. After terminating his employment on the railway construction, Mr. Shillington went to Opalton and remained on the Opal fields for five years. While there he was married to Miss Annie Eckel, a daughter of Mrs. R. Page, now residing at Yeppoon. He came to Longreach in 1902 and took over the Thornloe dairy, which he controlled for six years. Deceased held an engine driver's certificate and, in this capacity, he worked for the Longreach and Ilfracombe wool scours for many years. He was at one time in charge of a plant at Kensington, also the steam plant for Mr. J. Nee, shearing contractor. Despite his active life, Mr Shillington took his part in the civic affairs of Longreach and in 1923, was elected to the Longreach Shire Council, which position he held for 12 months before retiring. He was also a past president of the Australian Workers' Union. During the past decade he went abroad to visit a sister, who resides in Essex, England. On returning to Longreach Mr Shillington resided in Galah Street where owing to illness he was compelled to live in retirement.

He is survived by his widow, three daughters and four sons and nine grandchildren. The daughters are — Mrs. J. King (Monto), Mrs. F. Pflugradt (Mackay), and Miss Lena Shillington (Longreach) and Messrs. Jack, Dick, Jim and Lockie (Longreach). The funeral moved from his late residence at 10 o'clock on Wednesday, the Rev. A. G. Michael conducting services at the home and the graveside.

Floral tributes and messages of sympathy were received from the following: Mother and family; Edie and Sam Prior; Lock, Ruth and family; Dick, Madge and family; Jack and family; Mrs. Grace; Mrs. Robertson; May and Molly Ahwan; Mrs. Taylor and family and Gordon; the Ridell family; the Page family; Mr. and Mrs. Pringle; the French family; Mr. and Mrs. Ward; Mr. and Mrs. McCabe and family; Mr. and Mrs. Walsh and Syd; Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton and family; Oscar Affoo; Mr. and Mrs. Wright and family; Mr. and Mrs. Booker; Mr. and Mrs. M. Conway; Mr. and Mrs. H. Howard and Gran.; Mrs. Taylor and family; Mr. Gorman; Mr. and Mrs. J. O'Brien and family; Jean and Meg. Hamilton; Mr. and Mrs. J. Grant and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. Thurecht and Neville, Gordon and Marjorie; Mr. and Mrs. J. Gleeson and family; Etta and Jack (Monto); Ann and Fred (Mackay); Lock and Ida (Blackall); Mary Shillington (Essex, England); Andrews family; Mr. W. Gavin; Mother and Father (Yeppoon); Alice and Jack (Brisbane); Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gavin and Jean; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Saunders and family; Irene and Bill Cardow.

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'Shillington, Richard Davis (Dick) (1868–1935)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/shillington-richard-davis-dick-32403/text40169, accessed 4 December 2022.

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