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James Small (1838–1914)

Last Friday, Miss Small, of Alley Bros., Bowraville, received a telegram announcing the death of her father. Mrs. A. G. Grimes, also well known in Bowraville, was another daughter. Concerning Mr. Small's death, the "Clarence and Richmond Examiner" states:— "The death was announced yesterday of Mr. James Small, of Comboyne, one of the early residents of the Clarence district, at the age of 75. Deceased was a son of the late Mr. John Small, who came to the river as one of the very first settlers, and settled with his family on Woodford Island. Mr. James Small about fifty years ago conducted an hotel at Buccarumbi, and later selected at Korora, near Coff's Harbour, and was one of the first to reside on that part of the coast. There he grew cane and erected a sugar mill. Eventually he went further south along the coast and finally settled at Comboyne. Deceased was known to the old settlers of the district and was very much respected. He leaves a widow, two sons and several daughters; also a brother, Mr. Henry Small, of Tyndale and three sisters, Mrs. E. Howard, Grafton; Mrs. G. R. Powell, Tyagarah, near Byron Bay; and Mrs. J. Keogh, of the Clarence. Deceased came to the North Coast when there were very few white people resident on the rivers, and he witnessed a great change during his long acquaintance with these districts. Mr. Small was a native of the State.

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26 November, 1838
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


1 May, 1914 (aged 75)
Wyong, New South Wales, Australia

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