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James Thomas Tegg (1836–1905)

After a long and painful illness the death occurred yesterday afternoon, at his residence, South Maitland, of Mr. James T. Tegg, a very old and highly esteemed resident of the Maitland district. The deceased gentleman had been indisposed for a period extending over about two months, suffering from a very distressing complaint, and his end, which was a peaceful one, was not altogether unexpected by the members of his family, but came as a great shock to many of his friends, who were unaware of his serious illness. The late Mr. Tegg was a native of Sydney, having been born in that city in August, 1835, and was therefore within a few weeks of his 70th birthday. As a young man he led a seafaring life, during which time he saw much of the world. Coming to West Maitland, he subsequently entered into business as a land and estate agent, which he successfully conducted until a few years ago, when he relinquished his calling, and retired, being succeeded by his son Mr. Henry W. Tegg. For years he was secretary of the old Maitland Building Society, which body recognised his valuable services by making him the recipient of a handsome presentation. He also took a very keen and enthusiastic interest in the volunteer movement, and was connected with the infantry forces for between 25 and 30 years. He occupied the successive ranks of Lieutenant and Captain, retiring with the latter position, and some years ago received the Victoria decoration in recognition of his long service. He was a magistrate of the territory, and for a term he occupied the position of Deputy Sheriff at Maitland. The late Mr. Tegg was also one of the oldest Oddfellows in the district, being a member of the Manchester Unity Lodge. As a public man he was rather of a retiring disposition, but gained the esteem and respect of all with whom he came in contact. He was twice married, his second wife having predeceased him about eighteen months ago. A sorrowing family of 10 children remain to mourn their sad loss, including Mr. Henry W. Tegg and Mr. James Tegg, both of West Maitland.

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'Tegg, James Thomas (1836–1905)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 June 2024.

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30 August, 1836
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


21 July, 1905 (aged 68)
Maitland, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

prostate disease

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