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Tapley, John (1829–1919)

The ranks of the pioneer northern pastoralists have been considerably thinned in recent years, and they were further depleted on Friday last through the death of Mr. John Tapley, who passed away at Myponga, in his ninetieth year— just a week before the anniversary of his birthday. The deceased was the youngest son of the late Mr. Thomas Tapley, and arrived in South Australia with his parents, brothers, and sisters in the Rajisthan about 1837. The family soon became established at Tapley's Hill, whence, in time, Mr. John Tapley proceeded to the north, and took up the Wartaka Station, about 20 miles out from Port Augusta, where he remained for approximately 60 years. Although he took no part in public affairs, he studied the trend of them with the closest attention, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, both on account of his genial disposition and generous hospitality. About 12 months ago he removed to Myponga, where he had since resided with his daughter, Miss Tapley. Throughout his life he enjoyed excellent health, and was active to the day of his death. He possessed remarkable eyesight, and never found any occasion to use glasses. He has left two sons— Thomas (manager of Wartaka) and John (Cowell) —and five daughters— Meedames R. and H. Puckridge (Port Lincoln), A. P. White (Westbourne Park), and Nell McGilp (Unley Park), and Miss Tapley (Myponga). Mrs. Tapley died about 11 years ago.

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