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Thomas Napoleon Woodward (1867–1914)

One of Bendigo's best-known solicitors, in the person of Mr. Thomas Napoleon Woodward, expired early on Wednesday in Melbourne. The late Mr. Woodward had been ailing for some time, and a few days ago he was compelled to take to his bed. Despite the best medical attention, his condition gradually became worse, and he died, as stated, in the presence of his wife and other relatives. The cause of his death was neuritis.

The deceased, gentleman, who was the son of the late Mr. John A. Woodward, a former popular Mayor of Bendigo, and a successful mining investor, was 47 years of age. He was a native of this city, and always took a keen interest in affairs pertaining to the welfare of the district. Being of a particularly generous disposition, he associated himself with a great many charitable movements in the city. He was an ex-president of the Bendigo Hospital committee, and a member of the commit- tee at the time of his death. The Bendigo Art Gallery claimed a good deal of Mr. Woodward's attention, and he was a mem- ber of the committee for many years. His efforts in connection with the Art Gallery ball contributed in no small degree to the success of that function. Mr. Woodward was connected with the Bendigo Jockey CIub as treasurer for a number of years; and was a prominent member of the H.A.C.B.S., and the Loyal Bendigo Lodge, M.U.I.O.O..F. The deceased gentleman married the daughter of the late Mr. James Newman, who was for many years managing director of the well-known Fitzgerald and Newman's Castlemaine Brewery. He was the brother of Misses Madge, May, Ethel and Victoria Woodward, Mrs. H. S. V. Busst (Bendigo mining registrar), Mrs. K. Sutherland, of Sydney, and Mrs. Evans, and a nephew, of Mr. J . H. Goudge, who is well-known in Bendigo.

The late Mr. Woodward commenced the study of his profession with the old firm of Brown and Ellison, solicitors, of' View-street. After serving his articles with that firm, Mr. Woodward entered into partnership with Mr. C. F. Kennedy, and for a number of years carried on business in View street under the style of Kennedy and Woodward. In 1899 this firm was dissolved, and Mr. Woodward went into partnership with Messrs. Cohen and Kirby. The new firm carried on business under the style of Messrs. Cohen, Kirby and Woodward until early in the present year, when it was dissolved, and Mr. Woodward started on his own account. At the time of his death he was solicitor for the Sand- hurst and Northern District Trustees and Agency Co. Ltd., and for the trustees of the late Dr. Backhaus, also the shire of Rochester. 'The deceased gentleman leaves a widow and two young children—a boy and a girl. Deceased's remains were brought to Bendigo Wednesday afternoon, and were conveyed to the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The funeral took place on Thursday to the White Hills Cemetery, leaving the Sacred Heart Cathedral at 10 a.m. Requiem Mass was celebrated at 8 o'clock. The Rev. Father Rooney was the celebrant. The funeral was attended by a large number of sorrowing friends, although it was carried out privately. Amongt those present were Messrs. Gerald and Frank Newman and Mr. M. Ryan (brothers-in-law), and Mr. J. H. Goudge, of Macorna (uncle), also Mr. E. W. Kirby, Mr. J. F. Gleeson, Sir John Quick (president of the Bendigo Law Association), and Mr. E. S. Cahill (secretary), Mr. W. P. Parker, Mr. Sunderland, Mr. C. F. Neal (solicitor), Mr. Beckett, Mr. . H. Jackson, Mr. Rupert Putnam, Mr. J. Taylor (representing the Bendigo Jockey Club), Messrs. J. H. Abbott, J. B. McQiue, A. Mackay, R. O. Henderson, W. Roeder, O. S Cole; and others. The Rev Father O'Connor and the Very Rev. Monsignor Barry conducted the funeral ser vice. Messrs. Fizelle and Mulqueen carried out the funeral arrangements.

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Bendigo, Victoria, Australia


14 October, 1914 (aged ~ 47)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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