Letters and telegrams of condolence poured into “Alloway Bank”, near Bathurst, one day in the 1870’s, when a Sydney newspaper announced the death of William Henry Suttor, of Bathurst Plains.
Most amused was William Henry himself.
His deep laugh boomed through the homestead as he read his own obituary.
With relish he opened each black-bordered letter and read what his friends thought of him.
He wrote or telegraphed personal messages of thanks to each, and then scandalised his family by sending the postal bill for 10 pounds to the newspaper. He received a cheque in prompt payment.
William Henry Suttor, great, great, grandfather of the writer, died in October 1877 at “Alloway Bank”, once the home of Captain John Piper.