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Edward (Ned) Twynam (1877–1943)

Colonel Edward Phipps Twynam, of Burra, Rockwell, was found dead near his homestead on Monday morning beside a wire fence, the cause of death apparently being the accidental discharge of a gun.

Colonel Twynam was getting through a wire fence when seemingly the cuff of his trousers caught in a knot made by the splicing of two No. 8 wires in th fence. He evidently lost his balance and fell face downward on the gun, one barrel of which exploded, the nuzzle being just near the chin. From the wounds inflicted it would appear that death was instantaneous.

Colonwl Twynam had gone out from the homestead on Sunday night.

Sixty-five years of age, and a soldier of the last war, Colonel Twynam, known better to his friends as “Ned,” was one of nature’s gentlemen. He was genial and always took a kindly view of the world and the people in it. He had a fine personality and it is doubtful if he had an enemy in the world. He was hospitable, and in the district where he lived everyone’s troubles were his own.

He will be a great loss to Taralga and the surrounding district, as he was always interested in any movement for the betterment of the district or the improvement of the conditions under which people live.

Colonel Twynam was an original Anzac, and later saw service in Rabaul, where he was for some little time a resident magistrate. He was also an Area Officer in the Goulburn district, where he had a host of friends.

He was a son of the late Edward Twynam, of Riversdale, Goulburn, who was, upon his retirement from the Service, Surveyor-General of the State. He was not married. In his young days in Goulburn, he took an interest in local sport and was also an amateur actor of ability. At Taralga he organised the local V.D.C. and remained in charge of it until he was compelled by the medical officer to retire.

Deceased was associated with every public body in the Taralga district. He was a prominent member of the Taralga Agricultural Society, and he also carried out the whole of the work of organisation in connection with the “Back to Taralga Week” a few years ago.

Colonel Twynam was recently engaged in munition work in Sydney and had returned only for business reasons to his homestead, expecting to resume his work in Sydney within a few days.

There are three sisters and a brother. The sisters are Mrs ordon Wesche (Phoebe), Miss Edith Twynam and Sister Joan Twynam, all of “Riversdale.” Mr Harry Twynam, of Richlands, is a brother. A sister, Mrs Cunningham, of Lanyon, died some years ago.

An inquiry will be held into the death.

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30 October, 1877
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia


28 June, 1943 (aged 65)
Laggan, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

shooting accident

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