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Smith, Josiah (Joe) (1848–1917)

Mr. Josiah Smith, elder brother of Mr. Thomas Smith, of Walfraton, Young, passed away at the latter's residence about one o'clock on Sunday morning at the age at 69 years. Deceased who was a native of England, left the old country when three years old. He was a well known resident of the Riverina, and since the death of his wife three years ago, rented at Tarcutta with his eldest daughter. It was his custom to visit his brother at Young at least once a year. Following this custom he came to Young on Friday week. Four days later, he took ill, and had to receive medical attention, which, however, was of no avail, and he died as stated early on Sunday morning, the cause of death being gastric enteritis and heart failure. Although not well known at Young, the deceased was well acquainted with the early days of Lambing Flat. On many occasions with his father he carried stores etc from Sydney to Young with two bullock teams, being then only a boy. He was also on the Snowy River and Kiandra diggings with teams, and also Adelong, where he married. After the diggings, he resided for over 30 years at Tarcutta, near Wagga, where he was most popular with all sections of the community, and where he was familiarly known as "Uncle Joe Smith." The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, when the remains were laid to rest in the Methodist portion of the Young cemetery, beside his father and mother. The last rites at the grave were performed by the Rev. L. Peacock, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by H. R. Blackett. The pall bearers were:— Messrs. Baldo Cunich, H. Smithers, H. Donges, and W. Jasprizza. Deceased left a family of two daughters viz, Mrs. Samuel Brown (Tarcutta), and Mrs. George Edwards (Tumbarumba district), and an adopted daughter (Miss Gertie Smith, of Tarcutta), besides several grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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