Henry Law (obit. 1905)


Headstone (fallen) of Henry Law, his wife Mary, and son James, Sackville Methodist Cemetery [SHRB.20]

From our Lower Portland correspondent —
The grim reaper, death, has again applied his sickle, with the result that another old identity in the person of Mr. Henry Law is removed from our midst. Our departed friend breathed his last at his residence, Lower Portland, on Monday 27th June, at midnight. The deceased gentleman never knew what sickness was until a year or so back, when his health began to decline. A fortnight prior to his death, he had a bad turn, from which, although receiving every attention (medical and otherwise) he never rallied.  The late Mr. Law, who had reached three score years and ten, was one of the most esteemed residents on the river, and profound regret was expressed on all sides when the news of his decease was circulated on Tuesday morning. Of genial temperament and charitable disposition, our old friend passed away to the land of shades and shadows, at enmity with no one, but regretted by all classes and creeds on the river.  The late Mr. Law was an Englishman by birth, emigrating to New South Wales in the year 1857, so that he lived for practically a half century in the district. A schooner, the Alfred by name, was the boat he travelled in, and the voyage out occupied three months to the day. The Alfred carried 570 passengers all told, no doubt many of them being attracted to the country in the hope of making a ‘pile’ at the diggings. Mr. Law was a married man when he came to the colony, and, besides his wife, was accompanied by the latter’s sister (now Mrs. John Mitchell, of Sackville). Shortly after his arrival in Sydney, Mr. Law met the late Thomas Christie, Senr., of Lower Portland, and the result was that he was engaged by the latter to come up the river and work on his well known property at Portland. The ‘Traveller’ (Manning and Mitchell owners) conveyed Mr. Law, his wife, and sister-in-law up the river, and for several years the family resided on Christie’s farm. After leaving Christie’s, he resided on two or three farms in the district, until he settled on his present property some time prior to the big flood of ’67. Not long after he came to this country, Mr. Law had the misfortune to lose his wife. He subsequently married again, this time chosing an Australian bride in the person of Miss Mary Brown, daughter of the late William Brown, of Lower Portland.  By his first marriage he had four children, while the second resulted in an issue of nine (eight sons and two daughters), all of whom, together with his wife, survive him.  To his family we extend our warmest sympathy. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Methodist Cemetery at Sackville. No steamer being available for the occasion, rowing boats and vehicles were, perforce, called into requisition. The pullers of the boat containing the coffin were Messrs. Eb. Mitchell, Nathan Mitchell, Frank Christie and Wesley Mitchell. The rain in the early part of the morning interfered greatly with the attendance. Nevertheless, a goodly concourse of friends turned up to pay their last tribute of respect to one who was so honored in life. The pall-bearers were six sons of the deceased, viz, Will, Harry, Charles, Edward, Les, and George. The coffin was a handsome one of polished cedar, heavily mounted, and was covered with beautiful floral tributes. The Rev A. Cooper officiated at the grave, and spoke feelingly of the exemplary life of the deceased. The duties of undertaker were satisfactorily carried out by Mr. Thomas Collison. James Law died in February 1916 and Mrs. Mary Law died in July 1922 (aged 77). [SHRB.20]