Friday, August 1, 2008

George Bliss obituary

Yass Courier 4th November 1915

There died at his residence, Yass River, on Wednesday, in the person of Mr George Bliss, another of the pioneers, one who had seen the district pass through varied fortunes, was in the prime of life when Lambing Flat was at it's zenith, had seen the struggles of his brother pioneers, and was within a few weeks of his ninety-sixth milestone on the road of life when claimed by Death. A widow, seven sons, and five daughters, survive to mourn their loss. Mrs G Bliss is totally blind.

At an inquiry held on Wednesday by Mr O'Brien, deputy Coroner, it was elicited in evidence that the deceased had had an attack of paralysis some years since, but had been able to potter about. On Friday he had a fall, slipping at his back door, and had been confined to his bed. No doctor had attended him for eight years. A verdict of death from old age and natural causes was recorded. The remains of the deceased were interred this afternoon in the Church of England Cemetery, Yass, and were followed to their last resting place by a large number of friends and relatives. The Reverend Menlove officiated at the graveside, Mr R Pearce conducting the funeral and controlling the mortuary arrangements.

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