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George Small (1832–1910)

In a recent issue we chronicled the death of Mr. George Small, of Lawrence, one of the very oldest residents of the district and North Coast. Deceased, who was a native of Ryde, on the Parramatta River, was 79 years of age, and was consequently a very old colonist. He was a son of the late Mr. John Small, who resided at Ryde many years back, but came to the Clarence some seventy years ago with his family, his son George being then quite a boy. They settled on Woodford Island on the South Arm side, and followed pastoral pursuits. The Smalls were amongst the first to settle in the district, and were associated with its very earliest history. The subject of this notice saw many changes, and there has been a mighty transformation on the Clarence since he first landed, and saw it in its primeval state. The three score years and ten that he resided here covers almost its known history, and the death of this pioneer severs one of the few remaining links that connect the present with the remote past. After the agricultural settlers arrived in the sixties, Mr. Geo. Small became associated with his brother, Mr. John F. Small in a butchering business at Ulmarra, which they conducted for a number of years. Fat cattle were not then ruling at the extreme rates realised to-day, and the new settlers had the privilege of obtaining meat little more than a third of what it costs at present. The pioneers of which Mr. Small was one had many difficulties to encounter, as might be readily imagined when one takes into account the wild and unsettled condition of the Clarence, then only recently discovered. Later Mr. Small removed to Lawrence, where he resided up to the time of his death. He was much attached to the district, where he had made a large circle of friends, and where he was widely respected. He leaves a widow, three sons and two daughters. One of the former, Mr. H. G. Small, is host of the Copmanhurst Hotel, the other two resides at Lawrence. The daughters are Mrs. Burrowes, Sydney, Mrs. Lee, residing in New Zealand. He also leaves three sisters, Mesdames G. R. Powell (Tyagarah, near Byron Bay), F. Howard (Crown Hotel, Grafton) and J. Keogh (Ulmarra). The brothers are Mr. Henry Small, South Arm, and Mr. Jas. Small, Taree, Manning River. His remains were interred in the Anglican cemetery at Lawrence. Rev. R. A. Harris officiating. A large number attended the funeral.

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'Small, George (1832–1910)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 April 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


26 March, 1832
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


31 December, 1910 (aged 78)
Lawrence, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


Religious Influence

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