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William Swan Urquhart (1818–1881)

Mr. William Swan Urquhart, whose death was announced on Saturday, was a native of Ross-shire Scotland, and a surveyor by profession. He arrived in the colony in February, 1842, and has since continuously resided here with the exception of a visit to Europe about four years ago. Shortly after his arrival in the colony he had charge of the laying out of the special Survey of Farnham in the Western district for the late Mr Rutledge, and also that for Mr. Atkinson, on which the town of Belfast now stands. Mr. Urquhart also originally laid out the town of Castlemaine and the city of Ballarat. The deceased retired from the Government service on a pension about 15 years ago, and has since principally resided on his property at Taradale. His illness was of short duration, and he died at the age of 63.

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'Urquhart, William Swan (1818–1881)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/urquhart-william-swan-14595/text25722, accessed 24 May 2024.

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Birth

1818
Ross, Scotland

Death

14 January, 1881 (aged ~ 63)
East Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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