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Family Notice Friday: Death of Richard Worldon

Today's Family Notice is for Richard Worldon, who is my half 4th great Uncle.  He was the son of Catherine Rhall and John Glitherow but went by the surname of his stepfather James Baker Worldon.  Even though James Worldon killed his mother (see herehere and here) Richard kept the Worldon surname.  Richard Worldon was drowned in the big Gundagai flood of 1891 leaving behind a widow and a very large family.

Source: Family Notices. (1891, July 10). The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved September 19, 2014, from



ON June 27, 1891, RICHARD WORLDON, accidentally drowned at Kimo, near Gundagai ; aged 46 years.

But our parting is not for ever,
There's sunshine in the way ;
From this night of gloom and sorrow,
There will come a brighter day.

-Inserted by his affectionate brother, JAMES B. WORLDON

NSW BDM Death certificate for Richard Worldon


  1. Hi there. Can you shed any light on the history of the marriage of Richard's birth parents?
    I am researching my wife's family - she is a direct descendant of Richard Worldon and his daughter Sarah.


    1. Hi Tony, Lovely to hear from you! The only legal marriage thus far found for Catherine Rhall is to John Casey on the 30th November 1835 at Bong Bong, all her other relationships appear to be de facto ones.


    2. Tracy, thanks. Unfortunately I have since discovered that I had mistakenly placed my trust in the Eden Monaro Pioneers website.Research has confirmed that a different Sarah was my wife's GG grandmother. Many apologies. I did however enjoy reading your work on the Worldon clan!




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