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George Yan (1871–1952)

An old identity of Kiandra and Yarrangobilly passed away at his home in Macquarie Street, Tumut, on Saturday afternoon last at 2:45 o’clock in the person of Mr. George Yan, at the age of 81 years.

The late Mr Yan who had previously suffered two strokes, had another seizure on the Saturday prior to his death and only regained consciousness for brief periods during the week, during which he gradually failed.

The late Mr. Yan was born at Kiandra and was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Yan, early settlers of that area. In early life Mr George Yan had a selection at Yarrangobilly and also drove horses and bullock teams, carting wood and also groceries and supplies to the Kiandra residents from Tumut and Cooma. He disposed of his original property about 28 years ago. About this time he suffered a slight stroke, which left him blind in one eye. Later he carried on grazing on his property at Lobb’s Hole, to which he added lease country. He retired about seven years ago and came to Tumut to reside with his wife, handing over the control of his grazing interests to his sons, Jink and Arthur.

Deceased married Miss Clare Jane Hetherington of Kiandra, and to the union was born a family of eleven children, all of whom survive, viz: Les (Yaouk), Thomas (Adaminaby), Jink and Arthur (Kiandra), Eric (Tumut), Millie (Sydney), Florence (Mrs. W. Patrick, Kiandra), Rita (Mrs. E. Pumper, Wagga), Pearl (Mrs. A. Shelley, Tumut), Mary (Mrs. R. Le Fevre, Gilmore). There are also three sisters surviving: Margaret (Mrs. J. Wilson, Tumut), Mary (Mrs. Madrid, Queensland) and Barbara (Mrs. George Ball, Wangaratta).

The late Mr Yan was one of Nature’s gentlemen and did not have an enemy in the world. No stockman or traveller ever passed his residence without receiving a bed or a meal, if required.

The funeral took place yesterday morning at 11 o’clock, leaving from All Saints’ Church of England for the Tumut cemetery, where interment took place. Rev. W. J. Conran officiated at the graveside and W. Beavan and Son had charge of the funeral arrangements. Pall-bearers were Messrs R. Le Fevre, B. Clee, B. Pearce, W. Patrick jnr, F. Tasker and E. Pumper.

Floral tributes were received from: Mum; Jink; Lottie, George and boys; Bill Bridle; Lillian, Bert and Leslie Boyd; Alice and Harry Nancarrow and family; Tom and Hazel Dunn and family; Mr and Mrs Fred Le Fevre and family; Marj., Bob and family; Barbara and Emily Ball; Tops and Jack Heagerty; Pat and Adeline; Clarice and Bon; Margaret and Roley McAlister and family; Cecilia and Phylis; Cliff and Joan; Marie and Ray Neden; George, Lizzie and family; Rhonda and Dawn; Terry and John; E. and J. Brown and Ruth; Thelma, Eric and Margaret Rowling; Roy and Kit Wilson; Mr and Mrs Vic Johnson and family; Irene and children; Mr and Mrs Baden Piper and Colleen; Eric and Valmai; I. Bolte and staff; Mrs Kennedy and Allen; Robert and Leslie; Rube and Mrs Masters and family; Rose and Bevan Clee and family; Shinn family; Millie and Fred; Elsie, Arch and family; Enid and Alex Livingstone; Mrs Woodbridge and family; Florrie and Bill; Les; Sunny Brown and family; Stansfield family; Pat Bruce and great-grandson Roy; Ted and Ivy, Peter and family; Clarrie and Lila; Arthur, Albie and Dawn; Kath and Len Ballard; Pearl and Keith; Eth and Bill Moorehead and family; Lil, Walter, Cliff, June and Joyce and George Ball; Artie, Hannah and Peter Patrick; Max; Tom, Dolly and family; Mrs Ida Harris and family; Mr and Mrs Newman and family; Mrs McGrath and Mavis; Harold; Alex and Lex Webb; Bob; Nance and Rex Nuttall; Ron, Betty and Jim; Rita and Ned; Millie; Elsie, Glady, Fred, Betty and John; Mr and Mrs Eccleston; Mr and Mrs J. Scott; Mr and Mrs C. Rees and family; the Prowse family (Truro); Mr and Mrs P. Sutton; Harry and May Higgins and family; Ossie and Dot and family; Jack and Sarah Wortes; Pat Wilson and Calvin King; Maggie and Jacob; Minnie and Tom; Mr and Mrs Garner and family; Jack and Betty Le Fevre; I. and R. King and family; Mr and Mrs Harry Chave; Miss Cochran and Bung; George and Tom Clee; the Carr family.

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'Yan, George (1871–1952)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 February 2024.

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Kiandra, New South Wales, Australia


29 July, 1952 (aged ~ 81)
Tumut, New South Wales, Australia

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