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Samuel Small (1804–1889)

Mr Samuel Small, one of the oldest native-born residents of New South Wales, died at his residence, Field of Mars, near Ryde, on Thursday night, The deceased was born at Ryde, on the 23rd April, 1803, so had nearly attained his 86th year. He was at one time a trustee of the common, and stringently advocated the enforcement of the regulations for which the land was given by an early Government—the depasturing of cattle. His numerous descendants extend to the fourth generation, most of them being scattered throughout the colony. Mr Small was a younger brother of the late Mrs Oakes, who was the first white person born in the colony. Their father, Mr John Small, was the boatswain of one of the ships of the first fleet which arrived in Port Jackson on the 25th January, 1788. An elder brother of the deceased, Mr William Small, sen., is still living in Ryde, and, although in his 98rd year, is in possession of his faculties.

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Life Summary [details]


27 April, 1804
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


18 April, 1889 (aged 84)
Eastwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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