Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of William Eaton

Notes (Page 3)

10. Benjamin Richards

INCLUDED in the sum of £3924, paid as probate duty last week, £3069 came from the estate of the late Mr. Benjamin Richards, who died at his late residence, " Kamilaroi," Richmond, on March 5. The will was dated February 22, 1896, and by it testator bequeathed the whole of his estate, valued at £61,390, and which consists mainly of property situate in the Counties of Cumberland, Northumberland, and the Hunter, to members of his family.

Source: Windsor and Richmond Gazette 10 Sep 1898


Horse Breeder

In 1837 opened a butchers shop at Richmond. Founded the Riverstone Meat Co. in 1881


The Late Benjamin Richards.
The desire to make some further remarks about the death of the grand old pioneer cattle-dealer is very strong in me. Such a lot of kind, nice things have been said about him. Only a few days before his death I was at Bengalla, the home of Mr. R. T. Keys, in the Valley of the Hunter. There I saw a picture of old Mr. Richards, done by a Sydney photographer, and Mr. Keys said things about Mr. Richards — who was not then dead — which gave me a thrill of pride for knowing the old man. Mr. Keys knew Mr. Richards not in a casual way, but as an old acquaintance and friend. He had bought the cattle off Bengalla for the last 25 years, and it seems to me that Mr. Keys won't feel offended if I quote his own words. He said, ' I have grown up respecting and honouring him as my father did before me, and as everyone, far and wide, in the Valley of the Hunter does.  He paid away in this district hundreds of thousands of pounds for stock, and through it all, for half a century, kept his name as straight as a gun-barrel.' Those are strong words from a man like Mr. Keys, but they are echoed by thousands of others, who knew the old man as well. All I'm sorry for now is that I didn't get the chance to yarn with Mr. Richards before he died, and write down his recollections of the stock trade, as it was in his early days. We had arranged — he and I — to do that, but the last two years of my life have been very busy — and successful — ones, and the time never came, and now it's too late. Never mind, perhaps — ' We shall meet and greet in closing ranks In Time's declining sun, When the bugles of God shall sound recall, And the battle of life be won.'

Source: The Sydney Stock and Station Journal 15 Mar 1898

SYDNEY, March 6.
Mr. Benjamin Richards, the head of the Riverstone Meat Company, died on Saturday afternoon at his residence, Kamilaroi, ' Richmond, in his 8lst year. He had been identified with pastoral pursuits all his life, and was universally esteemed.

Source: Western Mail (Perth) 11 Mar 1898

Sarah Eather

By the passing of Mrs. Sarah Eaton
at Glenmore Downs at an early hour on Friday morning. Central Queensland has lost a well-known and highly es- teemed citizen, says the " Peak Downs Telegram." of Saturday last. Mrs. Eaton, who was in her 92nd year, was born in Richmond, New South Wales, being the daughter of William Eather, her mother being a McAlpine, of on old Scotch family. Deceased was married to William Eaton in 1868, and made her home at Eatonville near Richmond. She came to Rockhampton 42 years ago and took over the Criterion Hotel. For the last 23 years Mrs. Eaton has lived with her grand daughter, Mrs. Tolson. Of eight children, the youngest, Mr. George Eaton, of Frankfield, Sussex, England, survives, also eleven grand- children. The deceased lady retained all her faculties practically till the last, and only for a very short time before her death needed medical attendance.

Source: Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton) 23Feb 1926

John Ezzy

Died when kicked by a horse

Mary Hough

The news of the death of Mrs. William Cornwell, of Thornlea Gorman's Hill, will not be unexpected to her friends, as the deceased lady has been an invalid for many years. Within the past fortnight, however, her end has been hourly expected, and she passed away this morning at the age of 83 years. Mrs. Cornwell, who was a native of Richmond, came to the Bath- urst district with her husband in the early sixties. Soon afterwards Mr. Cornwell purchased the property at Thornlea, where they have resided ever since. Mrs. Cornwell was universally esteemed and her name was synonymous with hospitality and large- heartedness. Her family consisted of one son — Mr. J. W. Cornwell — of Randwick, and two daughters. The Misses Cornwell have been devoted in their attention to their mother during her long period of sickness. The demise of their aged parent is keenly felt by the children, as also by the aged partner in life, and a large circle of friends. The funeral takes place to-morrow afternoon at 3 o'clock, and deceased will be buried at Kelso.

Source: Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal 1 Feb 1904