Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of Pierce Collits

Notes - Page 5

65. James Rawsthorne

On Monday night, Mr. James Rawstliorne, a very old resident in the Forbes district, ex pired at his residence. Only last year the deceased disposed of the well-known, Carrawobitty estate to Dr. Coward and Sons. For many years past Mr. Rawsthorne bad been blind, and for some time had been breaking up, but his end was not thought to lie so near, lie died very suddenly and quietly, and was conscious up to the time of his death. Deceased leaves a very large family, all of whom are married, besides numbers of connections and friends, by whom he was held in high esteem.
Source: National Advocate 12 Jun 1890

74. John Skeen

Mr. John Skeen is 75 years of age, and a resident of the Megalong Valley, in the Blacklieath district, but he is just about one of the toughest men of the bush we have come across for; some time. It appears that on Wednesday afternoon last, while out in the bush, he was thrown from his horse, sustaining a dislocated thigh and receiving painful bruises to his side. The spot where he met with the accident was distant half mile from his home, and, there being no help at hand, he started to crawl home. After six hours of this he luckily came upon his horse caught by rein to the scrub; it then took him over an hour to mount. Afterwards he rode to his son Pearce's tome and told of his accident. He was driven to Katoomba for surgical aid. After having the thigh put in place, and other injuries attended to, he was made comfortable and is progressing favorably at Katoomba.
Source: Leader (Orange) 18 Nov 1914