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James Somerville (1838–1926)

The death occurred on Tuesday, at his residence, Tyrone, Peats Ferry-road, Hornsby, of Mr. James Somerville, who had resided at Hornsby for 31 years, and who was well known in the Hunter River district. He was 88 years of age.

The late Mr. Somerville was born in Tyrone, Ireland, and came to New South Wales 70 years ago. For many years Mr. Somerville was engaged in farming pursuits, at Miller's Forest, on the Hunter River, and subsequently went to the Clarence River. He acquired sugar plantations at Harwood and Chatsworth Island. Mr. Somerville had resided at Hornsby since about 1895, and was the head of the firm of James Somerville Limited. Mr. Somerville is survived by eight sons and five daughters. The sons are Mr. George T. Somerville (Wahroonga), Councillor James Somerville (Peel Shire, Tamworth), Messrs. John S. Somerville (Hornsby), Robert A. C. Somerville (Unanderra), William E. Somerville (Beecroft), Councillor Charles H. Somerville (Hornsby Shire), and Messrs, Alexander L. Somerville (Hornsby), and Andrew Somerville (Tweed River). The daughters are Mrs. Taylor (Hornsby), Miss Emily Somerville (Hornsby), Mrs. P. G. Street (Raymond Terrace), Mrs. A. H. Roulston (Meadowbank), and Mrs. Fred Strong (Meadowbank). Colonel G. C. Somerville, secretary of the Royal Agricultural Society, is a nephew.

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon in the Church of England Cemetery, Gore Hill, the Rev. W. G. Nisbet officiating at the graveside.

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Tyrone, Ireland


15 June, 1926 (aged ~ 88)
Hornsby, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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