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George Thomas Spurway (1863–1936)

Mr. George Thomas Spurway, who died at his home in Burlington-road, Homebush, on Sunday, at the age of 73, was a brother of the late Mr. J. S. Spurway, a former Secretary for Railways, and was also a grandson of "Granny" Smith, one of the pioneers of the Eastwood district, who raised the famous apple which bears her name.

Mr. Spurway was a native of the Dundas district, and as a young man he was a builder in the Dundas and Parramatta districts. Later he entered the interlocking branch of the Railway Department, and he was chief inspector when he retired about eight years ago. He was at one time a prominent cricketer, and in 1883 he held the honours for batting and bowling averages for Randwick Cricket Club. When the English team captained by W. G. Grace visited Australia, Mr. Spurway was a member of a team which played a match against the visitors.

He was for more than 30 years a member of the Ryde Masonic Lodge, and he had held office as W.M. He was also a member of the Burwood Bowling Club. He has left his widow, eight sons, and one daughter.

The funeral took place on Monday. The Rev. J. E. Leech officiated at the service at Rookwood Crematorium.

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