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Henry Small (1837–1900)

On Saturday evening Mr. Henry Small of Marsfield, passed over to the great majority. On learning the news of his death the whole village immediately went into mourning, so greatly had he been esteemed throughout the length and breadth of the district. He was a native of the place and had not reached the allotted span of three score and ten, being only 63 years of age. He had been in delicate health for some considerable time past, and very ill for several weeks. The immediate cause of death, as certified to by his medical attendant was influenza and congestion of the right lung. The deceased, who was an orchardist, leaves a widow and grown up family of five — three sons and two daughters. He had been long and intimately associated with the work in connection with the Ryde Wesleyan Church, at which he was a regular attendant, and his genial nature and kindly disposition won for him the respect and esteem of all with whom he came in contact. Mr. Small's father was a native of New South Wales, and died in Ryde at the age of 95 years, while his aunt, the late Mrs. Oakes, who at the time of her death was 93 years of age, was said to be the first born Australian. The late Mr. William Small, superintendent of Trial Bay prison, was a brother of the deceased.

The funeral (the arrangements in connection with which were entrusted to Mr. W. Lambert, of Gladesville) took place on Sunday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Wesleyan portion of the Field of Mars cemetery. The cortege was a very lengthy one, comprising in addition to the hearse and mourning coaches between 70 and 80 vehicles. Many sent floral tributes. The service was conducted by the late pastor of the Ryde Wesleyan Church, the Rev. W. H. Beale, who delivered a thoughtful and eloquent address. All the chief families of the district were represented at the funeral.

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8 February, 1837
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


20 October, 1900 (aged 63)
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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