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James Withycombe (1836–1899)

News has been received here of the death of Mr James Withycombe, of Piercefield, one of the leading and highly respected residents of the Muswellbrook district. The deceased gentleman came to Australia, with his brother more than half a century ago, and shortly after his arrival made a home in the northern district, having engaged in squatting pursuits in New England. He purchased the Piercefield estate near Denman about 20 years since, but lived with his family for many years at Moss Vale. He resided permanently in the Muswellbrook district between five and six years ago, when he built a new residence at Piercefield, and established the well-known Millgrove Butter Factory, and which has developed into a flourishing industry. The late Mr Withycombe was a high-minded gentleman, with a genial disposition, and was respected and honored by all who were brought into contact or had dealings with him. The cause of death was an affection of the heart.

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'Withycombe, James (1836–1899)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 26 July 2024.

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Doncaster, Yorkshire, England


23 November, 1899 (aged ~ 63)
Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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