Australian English Genealogy 

Descendants of Thomas Roker Alexander Gosper

Notes - Page 6


John Smallwood

Mr. John Smallwood, a descendant of one of the first settlers in the Commonwealth and a prominent Hawkesbury farmer, died at his residence at Pitt Town recently, Mr. Small- wood, who was born in the Hawkesbury district 81 years ago, was a son of the late James Smallwood, and a grandson of the late John Hobbs, who secured a grant of land at Pitt Town in 1793. He was also one of the claimants to the Hobbs millions, a claim for which is now being prepared. Mr. John Smallwood took a keen interest in public affairs, and was for many years closely associated with the Hawkesbury Agricultural Society, was warden of the Pitt Town Church of England, and, some years ago, was a worker for the Windsor District Hospital. A son and two daughters survive. The interment took place In the Church of England Cemetery, Pitt Town, the Rev. S. Howard, M.A., performing the last rites.
Source: SMH 30 Jul 1928

ONE of the finest men in the Hawkesbury district has been 'gathered to his fathers' in the person of Mr.-John Smallwood, who, after a short illness, breathed his last on Monday at his home at Pitt Town. He had reached the great age of 81 vears.
The late John Smallwood was a man who was liked and respected right throughout the Hawkesbury district. He possessed a wonderfully kind disposition ,and was a good and upright man. There was no more industrious farmer in the district, and by his industry and thrift he made a success of life. Indeed, until within a few weeks of his death it ,was a remarkable fact that he was able to do a day's hard work behind a plough, and he would shame many farmers of the younger generation. He was a great horseman, and practically, died in the saddle. Even at his great age he used to ride to Windsor, though his trips, were not so numerous in recent years. To his church he was conspicuously faithful and devoted, and was a regular attendant in his place in God's Home until he was .laid aside a week or so before his demise. - Good John Smallwood was a Christian gentleman in the true sense of .the term, and he will be missed my many. Let it be said that his life was an example for all — he being a man of sterling character, and one whose word was his bond. His kindness and. hearty welcome will' be long remembered by those who had the pleasure of visiting his home. Born at. Pitt Town he was 'a son of the late James and Sarah Smallwood. He lived \in the district all his life, and at the age of 21 years was married to Celia Cavanagh, a member of another well-known Hawkesbury family at. the time. They reared a family of five children, two of whom predeceased their father. Those living are: Sarah, George and Vienna. The remains were laid to rest in the Church of England cemetery at Pitt Town the day following his demise. The funeral was a large one, a further proof of the great respect in which John Smallwood was held. Rev.- S. Howard, M.A., carried out the last solemn rites, and Mr. Chandler was the undertaker.
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 27 Jul 1928

Sir, — Owing to the effects of influenza I am precluded from paying my respect by personal attendance at the funeral of the late John Smallwood tomorrow. I do feel, however, that I must write and bear testimony to the real worth of one of the Hawkesbury's most interesting identities. , As a young man, in fact all- through life, he was a veritable Boanerges (Son of Thunder), yet at the same time possessed a gentility of character rarely seen in. a man of the countryside: For many ']years he faithfully represented the Church, of England as Rector's Warden at Pitt, Town, and was known far and wide by the churchfolk. At the Diocesan Festivals at Sydney year by year he had the privilege of exhibiting a unique display of maize, a range of no less than 9 varieties and colours. Successive Archbishops always heartily welcomed him. He was the guest of the 'rich', and the friend of the poor — a man of high Christian principle, a worthy son of the church, and an estimable citizen. It was said of old 'Can any good come out of' Nazareth?' And one might appropriately say of 'Old John,' 'Can any good come out of Pitt Town?' Outwardly he was as hard and rough as a piece of cast iron; inwardly he always appeared as the gentleman and the man. 'The Souls of the righteous are in the Hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them.' Yours sincerely, — G, P.. BIRK. St. Peter's 'Rectory, , .-. . Mortdale. ( July 23, 1928.
Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 27 Jul 1928