DEATH OF MR. THOMAS
AN EX-MAYOR OF SYDNEY.
The sudden death was announced yesterday of Mr. Thomas Broughton, in his 92nd year, at his resi- dence, Hazlemere, Glebe Point. The deceased in the "fifties" and prior to that was well-known in the public life of the colony, but for a great many years past he devoted himself principally to pastoral pursuits. He owned the two large sta- tions, Muttama and Gundagai, covering 60,000 acres freehold land, on the Murrumbidgee, and had packed up ready to pay a visit to them yesterday with the idea of being back in time to spend Christmas with his family in Sydney. He was apparently in fairly good health right up to the hour of his death. Always an early riser, he was up and had had his bath and breakfast before 7.30 a.m. He then went to his bedroom, evidently feeling ill, and com- menced to undress. Hastily calling his wife, he said, "Well, good-bye; I'm done: God bless you," and expired. The suddenness of the sad event naturally came as a shock to the members of the family. Deceased leaves a widow, 80 years of
age, four married daughters (Mesdames Wilshire, Cottell, Stewart, and Tingcombe), and six sons, who are all in Sydney at the present time, viz., Messrs Alfred, Fred, Edwin, Charles, James, and Frank
The late Mr Broughton was born at Windsor, on the Hawkesbury River, in 1810, he buried his father in Windsor in 1815, and was married at Windsor 64 years ago on the anniversary of his birthday, August 20. He was elected to the City Council on Novem- ber 1, 1842, and four years later he was elected Mayor of Sydney, a position which he only held for a year. For about 12 years he remained in office as an alderman. The deceased gentleman was one of the first members of the Legislative Assembly under the Electoral Reform Act of 1858, being returned for West Sydney. He was offered a portfolio on several occasions, but always refused on the ground that he could not spare the time. In his early days he was the proprietor of a large tailoring establishment in Sydney. Prior to 1898 the late Mr. Broughton lived for a long time at Bradley Hall, Glenmore-road, Paddington. He removed then to Glebe Point, the old house being demolished and the Broughton Estate cut up and sold.
The deceased, who was a very careful and prudent man, is supposed to have left much property, situated in various parts of the State, and valued at a consider-
able sum. In addition to the two station properties already mentioned he was the owner of the Artarmon Estate, comprising about 300 acres, in the heart of Willoughby. The late gentleman was of a retiring
The funeral will take place this afternoon at