Moad Oates - Person Sheet
Moad Oates - Person Sheet
NameHAWKE, George
Birthca 1835, Penzance, Cornwall9011
Immigration18579011 Age: 22
Death27 Nov 1904, Orange, NSW9011,9012 Age: 69
Leader (Orange, NSW : 1899 - 1945) Mon 28 Nov 19049011


It is with sincere regret we report
the death of Mr. George Hawke,
whose demise removes yet another
pioneer of the Orange district from
amongst us. The deceased gentle-
man expired at 11 o'clock yester-
day morning, the immediate cause
of death being cerebral hemorrhage.
It is just a week back from last
Thursday that Mr. Hawke was
taken suddenly ill in the street.
He at once drove up and saw Dr.
Watt, who promptly sent him home
to bed, pronouncing the trouble to
be intestinal colic, with threatened
heart failure. He progressed favor-
ably and on Monday last was ap-
parently almost himself again. On
Tuesday morning, however, after
breakfast, he was was seized with cere-
bral hemorrhage, and, though he
held his own for a few days, he
then showed signs of a general
break up, and passed away as
stated. The weakness brought
about by the first illness doubtless
encouraged a predisposition to
apoplexy to develop. Deceased
leaves a wife, two girls, and four
boys to mourn his going hence—
Miss Hawke and Miss Amy Hawke,
living at home, Messrs Theodore
Hawke (the eldest son, at pre-
sent in Orange), Percy (in Mel-
bourne), Edward (Simonstown,
Africa), and Norman (Bank of
N.S.W., Young). The only near
relatives are the family of the late
Mr. Wm. Hawke, now living in
Mr. Hawke had a conspicuous
personality, and made his mark in
the world while yet in middle age.
He was a native of Penzance, Corn-
wall, and came to N.S.W. in the
year 1857, being then 23 years of
age. He was therefore 70 years of
age at death, or, to be exact, 69
years and 11 months. When he
landed he followed the calling of
draper in Sydney for a short while,
then (to use his own words, as
uttered to the writer recently) Mr.
Charlie Bell, our octogenarian
drover, who happened to be in
Sydney with cattle, was buying
something from him in the shop
and said, "Why don't you young
fellows go up country, and do
something. You're wasting your
time behind a counter here." He
immediately made up his mind
and started to walk up country
shortly afterwards, making for his
cousin's (Mr. George Hawke's)
place, Pendarvis (Cornish settle
ment then). This was in the same
year as he landed. After a time he
married, and his first step from
Pendarves was to take over the old
flour mill at Frederick's Valley,
where he made his reputation as a
business man, doing well despite
the previous failures of other men.
After that he opened a store at
Lucknow, where the late Mr. New-
man conducted business for so
long, Mr. Newman having bought
Mr. Hawke out. From there he
went to Blayney in the same line
of business, where he took in a
partner (Mr. Plum), to whom he
eventually sold his interests
going to England himself for a
trip, the family meanwhile residing
in Orange. On his return from
England, he opened a store at
Bathurst, but shortly afterwards
sold out.
Mr. Hawke went to Millthorpe
about the year 1885, and did much
by his influence and energy to
make of the then hamlet the
flourishing little town it is to-day
by starting the Great Western Mill-
ing Company, the establishment of
which was the turning point in the
history of Millthorpe. Leaving
there in 1897, he came with his
family to reside in Orange, where
he has lived ever since, making his
mark as a townsman of most pro-
nounced individuality, figuring
prominently in business circles in
the control of his own affairs as a
financier, and as executor in several
large estates, and also as commit-
teeman in connection with several
public institutions. Latterly, see-
ing the local butter factory, in
whichhe was interested, in low
water, his business instincts were
roused to go to its rescue, and some
three or four months ago he took
over direct control of its affairs,
and, with a better season opening
up, combined with his sound judg-
ment, the prospects of the concern
were visibly brightening. But the
weight of added responsibility
coming on his weight of years was
evidently too much for him, for no
doubt his sudden collapse was ac-
celerated by the increased physical
and mental activity entailed by his
honorary self-imposed additional
A business man in the strictest
sense of the word, Mr Hawke suc-
ceeded in life as he was bound to ;
and, had his advanced years but
permitted it he would have made a
pronounced success of the butter
In connection with the funeral
announced elsewhere this issue, we
are requested to state that the body
will be taken to Holy Trinity
Church prior to being removed to
the cemetery. It will be seen by
advertisement also that the Masons
intend to pay the last sad tribute
to a departed brother.
Birthca 1838
DeathJun 1917, Orange, NSW9013,9014 Age: 79
MotherEleanor E
Marriage1863, Orange, NSW9015
ChildrenGeorge T (1864-1865)
 Eleanor Blanche Maria (1866-1943)
 Robert Theodore (1867-1939)
 George Percival (1869-)
 Ellen Amy Rebecca (1871-1929)
 Edward Benoke (1874-1910)
 Charles W (1876-1877)
 Wilfred Norman (1879-)
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