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Charles Smith (1799–1845)

from Parramatta Chronicle

It is with much and sincere regret we announce this event, which occurred after a very short illness, at his residence in George-street, on the morning of Friday the 17th Inst. "We could have better spared a better man." He will be long remembered by all classes— by the Colonist as being the earliest importer of thorough-bred English horses, and to him the high character the horse of this colony has obtained is chiefly attributable— by the poor for his charity which was ever extensive. It was for years a common saying in Sydney, no man need want a meal while Charley Smith was in Sydney. The funeral took place on Thursday morning, when greater respect could not have been paid to the remains of the highest in the land. Every shop was closed in the line of procession, along which the streets, balconies, and windows, and even parapets, were crowded. The sad pageant extended upwards of a mile and a-half. There were upwards of two hundred and fifty carriages, among which were those of the Attorney-General, several Government officers, and many members of the Legislative Council, the Mayor, most of the Aldermen and City Councillors, Mr. Wentworth, and Dr. Bland, personally attended to aid in the payment of the last tribute to departed worth.

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Additional Resources

  • funeral, Bell's Life in Sydney, 25 January 1845, p 3

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Life Summary [details]


Market Drayton, Shropshire, England


18 January, 1845 (aged ~ 46)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Convict Record

Crime: unknown
Sentence: 14 years