DEATH OF MR. CHARLES JOHN
IT is with inexpressible regret that the duty
devolves upon us of recording the death of Mr. CHARLES JOHN FAIRFAX, one of the proprietors
of tlie Sydney Morning Herald—a gentleman who had endeared himself to all who knew him, not only by his unblemished public career in con- nection with the "Press of Australia," but by his manifold deeds of private benificence, and his ever amiable and courteous demeanour towards all who had the pleasure of making his acquaint- ance either in business or social relations. We can say no more in eulogy of such a respected citizen beyond this—that his untimely demise in the prime of manhood, in the enjoyment of every- thing that could aid him in his efforts to assist and encourage his fellow men in the "struggle
of life," is mourned with unfeigned sorrow by every member of the community. We take the following obituary notice from
Tuesday's Herald, conscious that our humble pen would fail in doing equal justice to his memory :—
On Saturday last he visited a relative—MR. ALFRED
FAIRFAX—at Burwood, where he met a number of friends. In the afternoon the whole party set out for a ride, in the course of which he was thrown from his sad- dle, and falling on the back part of his head, received a
concussion of the brain, of which he languished until four
o'clock yesterday (Monday) morning, when he died.
MR CRARLES FAIRFAX although not a native of the co- lony, spent here the greater part of his life. He was an apprentice in the Herald Office, and a few years ago be- came a member of the firm. All connected with the
Herald have marked his assiduity in business, his tact in the management of its details, and his consideration for persons employed under him. Among the employés of the establishment it would be difficult to find anyone who did not regard him as a personal friend, and who did
not deplore his loss as an individual bereavement.
In all the relations of life—as a son, as a husband, and as a father, he displayed devoted affection. The death of a person known so extensively, by an accident so sud- den, could not fail to create some sensation. We believe that in this community it will be difficult to find any per- son who did not regard him with respect. If we were to select the feature of his character most prominent and most endearing, it would be the extreme kindness of heart which he always displayed towards suffering in every form. A calamity so sudden and so impressive has its lesson for all. It repeats to us again the words we have so often heard—"In the midst of life we are in death." It points out the importance of a prompt fulfilment of duties which, if neglected, would make death more bitter
to those who survive. It reminds us that the youthful
may not trust in their strength, nor the fortunate in their
prosperity, since both are but a shadow ; and it renders
still more imposing the grandeur of that faith which
alone can afford consolation in such bereavements, or shed the radiance of hope upon the tomb. Our departed friend had just returned from a tour ex- tending through many countries. He travelled probably not less than 50,000 miles. So long a journey was not without perils. He visited most of the capitals of Europe, and saw the greater part of those objects which commonly attract the curiosity of tourists, besides seek- ing in every place such information as might be useful in the business which he returned to assist. Strange lot, to have spent scathless so many months in travelling and encountering dangers by sea and land, and then within a
few miles distance from his home to have met with such a fate.
Mr. CHARLES FAIRFAX was born on 1st January, 1829,
and had he lived but a few days longer he would have completed his thirty-fifth year. On New Year's Day he was expected to meet a very numerous circle at his father's house. For this festivity the invitations were already issued, but the day designed for festivity and congratula- tion will dawn upon his mourning kindred who lately received him with welcomes, but who will see him no