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James Bligh Wall (1859–1895)

On Saturday morning last Mr. James B. Wall, well-known in Windsor, passed away at his residence in George street, at the age of 85 years, leaving a sorrowing wife and three children to mourn their sad bereavement. Mr Wall was a native of Windsor, and during his lifetime made himself a favorite with all with whom he came in contact, by his ever obliging manner and kind words. He was much beloved by everyone who knew him, not only in Windsor but all over the surrounding district. Universal sympathy is expressed for his parents and wife and family. This fact was fully manifested by the exceptionally large cortege that followed his remains to their last resting-place on Sunday last the largest funeral, it is asserted, that has ever been seen in Windsor. Just before 3 o'clock, the hour fixed for starting, there must have been at least 600 people gathered opposite deceased's late residence. The Fire Brigade's reel was the only vehicle to be seen; it was stationed in front of the house, with all appliances, hose, etc, etc, and was draped with velvet; upon this the the coffin of polished cedar, with silver mountings, was placed, and was almost obscured from sight by the large number of wreaths sent by friends. Deceased was a member (the most regular attendant) of the local volunteer fire brigade, and his fellow members did him the honor of giving him a fireman's funeral. The officers–Messrs W. Gosper (Captain), W. F. Linsley (First Lieutenant), F. H. M. Norton (Treasurer), and J. W. Chandler (Secretary) were in front, holding cords attached to the reel. Next to them were the other members of the brigade. They drew the reel, and the general public fell in behind. Thus a very long procession followed on to St Matthew's Church of England, where the number was considerably augmented, insomuch that there was scarcely standing-room in the church. Over 1000 persons must have been present. The Rev S. G. Fielding conducted the service, and in the old church gave a most touching address, speaking of the many good qualities of deceased. As the coffin was carried out of the church the Dead March was softly played on the organ. Mr R. W. Dunstan conducted the funeral in a most creditable manner

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • death notice, Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW), 3 August 1895, p 4

Citation details

'Wall, James Bligh (1859–1895)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 14 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


26 February, 1859
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia


26 July, 1895 (aged 36)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

kidney disease

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.