Alfred Edmund SAWTELL

Male 1867 - 1936  (68 years)


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  • Name Alfred Edmund SAWTELL 
    Born 1 Jul 1867  Kangaloon, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Mar 1936  Bellinger River District Hospital, Church Street, Bellingen, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried 19 Mar 1936  Dorrigo Cemetery, Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Obituary 20 Mar 1936  Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate 
    • Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate (NSW : 1910 - 1954), Friday 20 March 1936, page 2

      Obituary

      ALFRED EDMUND SAWTELL

      After a short illness the death took place in the Bellinger River District Hospital on Tuesday afternoon of Mr. Alfred Edmund Sawtell, at the age of 71 years. A member of the original hand of early pioneers of the district and a man who was held in high regard because of his many good qualities, the late Mr. Sawtell was a well known figure in our midst. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sawtell, both of whom came from England and settled at Kangaloon, on the South Coast, where Mr. Sawtell was born. In his youth he went to Queensland and as a drover travelled far and wide in that State. After he was married Mr. Sawtell, with his wife, returned to Kangaloon and remained there for several years. Then he went to Guyra and after farming in that district for some time came to the Dorrigo in company with his brothers, Messrs. Thomas and Harry, and Mr. F. W. Harrigan, all or whom selected adjoining scrub land between Dorrigo and North Dorrigo. That was 38 years ago, and at that time very little of the country was taken up. The party was obliged to go to Bellingen to make inquiries about areas that were available for settlement, and finding that they could be close neighbors their four applications were duly lodged. The only surviving member of that band is Mr. Harry Sawtell. With the exception of one year (1917) spent in Sydney, the late Mr. Alf. Sawtell continued in residence on his farm until his death. He was one of the first settlers on the plateau to take up dairying, which, supplemented by the very meagre earnings from other activities, provided a very precarious livelihood for himself, wife and young family. The perennial rain and deplorable roads cut through the scrub made travelling almost impossible, and Mr. Sawtell's regular trips to Thora with his and other settlers' cream was a task that only a man of grit could undertake and accomplish. His first turnout consisted of a spring cart and two horses, but when the supply increased to twenty cans for each trip he was obliged to procure a larger van and four horses. He was two years on the run, and there were no heart-burnings for him when he handed it over to someone else. After that Mr. Sawtell was a contractor on the roads, undertaking jobs on the Dorrigo Mountain road and other roads in the district. He was a member of the Dorrigo Shire Council for five or six years, during which period the Dorrigo hydroelectric scheme was undertaken. His colleague from Dorrigo was Mr. F. T. Bennett, and because of the bad roads the two found it necessary to ride to Coramba to attend the meetings. They left the day before and came back the day after the meetings.

      The late Mr. Sawtell is survived by his wife and a family of six, the members being Mr. Les. Sawtell, Mesdames W. H. Shaw, C. Ashdown, and Les. Inskip, and Misses Alma and Gladys, all of whom reside in the district. He was predeceased by two sons (Clifford and Albert, who died before the family came to Dorrigo) and one daughter (Miss Effie, who died about ten years ago).

      The funeral, under the direction of Mr. Walter Stewart, took place on Thursday afternoon from the Church of England, where a service was conducted by the Rev. F. G. Alexander. The cortege proceeded to the Church of England portion of the Dorrigo Cemetery, where the remains were laid to rest in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. The Rev. Alexander officiated at the graveside.
    Person ID I7513  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2018 

    Family Eliza Beatrice PARFITT,   b. Jun Q 1870, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1939, Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 23 Apr 1890  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F5190  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Jul 1867 - Kangaloon, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Apr 1890 - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate - 20 Mar 1936 - Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, (http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au), 6509/1867.

    2. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1936 'Obituary', The Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate (NSW : 1910 - 1954), 20 March, p. 2. , viewed 01 Oct 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article171882410.

    3. [S4] NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, (http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au), 8311/1936.

    4. [S16] Queensland Federation Index 1890-1914, (Brisbane, The Registrar-General, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 2004), 1890/ 001655.

    5. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Marriage registration: Alfred Edmund Sawtell, Marriage date: 23/04/1890, Spouse's name: Eliza Beatrice Parfitt, Registration details: 1890/C/1655.