TULIP WRIGHT'S OBITUARY (and biography / genealogy in comments.)
As usual,it's a case of look for one thing,find another. I was after an article about William Ford's famous cook who been involved in the second war between England and America.Found it quickly and then this caught my eye.It doesn't say anything about Bulla,the Lincolnshire Arms Hotel at North Essendon or the Sir John Franklin Hotel at Sunbury, instead concentrating on his official roles.
Death has carried off one of the oldest settlers in Victoria, Mr W. H. Wright, principal sheriff of the colony. Mr Wright died suddenly, of apoplexy, on the 1st inst, at the house of Mr George Higinbotham, Brighton,where he happened to be on a visit. The deceased gentleman was son of Captain Wright formerly Commandant of the military college at Sandhurst, and he came out to Norfolk Island as an ensign in a detachment of the 50th Regiment He landed in Sydney in 1838, and shortly afterwards quitted the army and joined the civil service.
He held the office of Crown Lands Commissioner in the Wimmera district, under the New South Wales Government from 1841 up to the time of the separation of Victoria from the parent colony. Then he filled successively the offices of chief gold commissioner, police magistrate, and secretary of railways. The last named position he was in from 1862 to 1871, when he was promoted to the office of sheriff, on the death of Mr Claud Fane. Mr Wright displayed at all times a strict conscientiousness in the discharge of his duties. He was greatly esteemed by a very large circle of private friends. He did not appear lately to be suffering from ill health, but it was known that he received a great blow in the death of his three children last year from scarlet fever, leaving only one young infant out of a promising family of four. At the time of his death Mr. Wright was about 63 years of age.
(P.1s, Argus, 21-2-1877.)
THE Friends of the late WILLIAM WRIGHT, Deep Creek, Bulla, are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late elder son, Anthony William, to the place of Interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral to move from the Junction Hotel, St.Kilda, on Thursday, the 25 inst., at 11 o'clock a.m. J. STEWART, undertaker.
DEATH BY THE FLOOD—Deep Creek, 28th November, 1849—I beg to inform you that an accident, (h?)as occurred here yesterday, whereby two of my men (Francis Bruce and Thomas Harris) unfortunately lost their lives. The
bridge across the creek being flooded, the two men were employed preparing the punt for conveying passengers across, when they were swept away by the current. The bodies have not yet been found.—Your's obediently
W. WRIGHT. (P.4, South Australian, 28-12-1849. PORT PHILLIP.)
on 2013-10-25 03:23:14
Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.