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John Small (1832–1917)

from Cumberland Argus

Mr. John Small, a very old resident of Eastwood, died on Saturday at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Roughley, of Dulwich Hill, aged 85 years. Deceased was born in Kent-street, Sydney, in 1832, and came to Eastwood when four years of age. His father was an orchardist in the district, and died at the age of 96 years at 'Williamsdale,' Eastwood, and was buried in St. Anne's Cemetery, Ryde. He was a brother of 'Granny'' Oakes, of Parramatta. Two of this old pioneer's sons, Mr. Thomas Small, aged 88 years, and Mr. Andrew Small, of Leichhardt, aged 62, still survive. The late Mr. John Small became a local preacher in the Methodist Church at the age of 23 years, and he acted in that capacity for 61 years in the district from Ryde to Baulkham Hills. Deceased's wife predeceased him about 10 years ago. They had 11 children, nine of whom are living, viz., Mrs. S. G. Small, Mr. Will Small (Randwick), Mrs. Roughley (Dulwich Hill), Mr. John Small (Strathfield), Mr. Alfred Small (Paddington), Mr. Harry Small (Kogarah), Constable Arthur Small (Manly), and Messrs. Ernest and Fred Small, who are in the country. There are 37 grand children and 30 great grandchildren. The remains of deceased were interred in the Field of Mars Cemetery on Monday, when the service was conducted by Rev. J. G. M. Taylor (Marrickville), assisted by Rev. E. Crosby (Homebush), Rev. Mr. Danks (Dulwich Hill), Rev. Mr. Howard. (Ryde), Rev. Mr. Willard (Lewisham), and Rev. Mr. Cooper (Eastwood). There was a very large attendance of mourners.

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11 January, 1832
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


16 June, 1917 (aged 85)
Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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