Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sunday's Obituary - Joseph Hulme

 My great great grandfather, Joseph Hulme, was born in Putney, England in 1843, third child and second son of his parents, William Clough/Cluff Hulme and Hephzibah nee Land.

Excerpt from Obituary in "Wangaratta Chronicle" 3-10-1920

After an illness of two years duration, Mr Joseph Hulme died on Sunday, at his home at Milawa, the cause being heart failure.  Throughout he was attentively cared for by his daughters.

The late Mr Hulme was a well known figure in the Milawa and Oxley districts, and had lived there for just on sixty years, carrying on mixed farming and dairying, his herd of Jersey cattle being one of the finest thereabouts.

Mr Hulme, who was 79 years of age was a native of Putney, England and in the year 1860 he came to Australia with his Uncle Mr. Arthur Land, who is still living at Carboor.  The voyage out in the sailing ship "Kent" occupying over 100 days.

His father was the late William Cluff Hulme of Milawa.  Mr Hulme did not take part in public affairs but gave his undivided attention to the management of his farm, which he worked successfully.

When a lad of sixteen years,  he competed in a boys class at one of the first ploughing matches held at Oxley, having for an opponent, Mr W. R. Doig, now of Wangaratta, and in later years he won several prizes as a ploughman,

He was fond of sport and was a member of the first cricket club formed at Milawa, his ability with bat and ball winning him the distinction of being one of the best cricketers of his day, in the Milawa district.

He was of a retiring nature, but his genial disposition, strict integrity in all things, and fine neighbourly qualities, won him the respect of the people.

He was married at Beechworth and his wife .......... (next part missing, will add at a later date when found.)

He is survived by six daughters and two sons, namely
Mrs. L Davenport New Zealand,
Mrs G Wright, Wagga,
Mrs W Morgan, Moyhu,
Misses Clara, Elsie and Pleasance Hulme,
and Messrs Herbert and Sydney Hulme, Milawa.

He leaves twenty two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Brothers and sisters of the deceased are -
Mr Arthur Hulme, Milawa.
Messrs Albert and Jeremiah Hulme, Bowman's
and Mrs Jessie McGregor, Milawa.

The funeral took place on Monday, the cortege of over fifty vehicles testified to the respect in which deceased was held.

The coffin bearers were -
H. J. Hulme,  S. J. Hulme,  E. E. Simmonds,  W. J. Morgan.

Pall bearers -
Messrs Hazell,  I Heath, D. Ferguson, W, Humphrey, J. Bartsh, J. F. Brown.
Burial read by the Rev. Mace.

Hulme family History - St Pancras and Fulham, United Kingdom.

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