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Richard Frogley (1869-1939)

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Molong Express 24-6-1939

The death occurred at 8.30pm on Tuesday night of one of the most highly esteemed and best known personalities throughout the Western Districts, in the person of Mr Richard FROGLEY at the age of 69 years, the cause being an internal complaint which had caused the deceased intense suffering of late, and despite the best medical advice it was seen that nothing could be done to effect a complete cure.

The late Mr Frogley however bore his trial with great fortitude and only during the last couple of months had he been confined to his bed and kept away from his usual business activities.

The deceased was a native of the Bathurst district and came to this centre at an early age with his parents, the late Mr and Mrs John Price FROGLEY, well-known pioneers of Garra.

He started as a dealer in Manildra about 40 years ago and had since built up the flourishing Stock and Station Agency of R Frogley & Co.  About 30 years ago the late Percy Hembrough [who died here last week] entered into partnership and the firm of Frogley & Hembrough continued in business till Mr Hembrough severed his business connections with him over 12 years ago.  A branch of R. Frogley & Co. was also commenced in Parkes some years ago; it was known as Frogley & Herborn.

The deceased was widely known as possessing a most generous nature and was ever giving a helping hand to those in distress.  Many a stranger to the town has been advised and given help by Mr Frogley, in whatever vocation he followed and his road made easier by the open heartedness of the deceased.  In times of depression his employees had always been given something to do and every effort was made to provide employments to them and others in need in some way or another rather than see them go workless and fall into straightened circumstances.

The deceased was twice married, his first wife being a Miss Bradley of Garra who predeceased her husband by over 20 years.  There were four [4] daughters to that marriage, viz. Doris [Mrs Neville Cochrane, Sydney], Jean [Mrs Geoff Giffin, Manildra], Gladys [Mrs Cecil Lawler, Coonabarabran] and Esme [Mrs Neil Thomson, Narromine].  His second wife was Miss Ethel Podmore of Dubbo, sister of Mr C. Podmore, formerly manager of the local Commercial Banking Co. for many years.

In addition to a widow and a family to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father, there are four [4] sisters viz. Miss Henrietta FROGLEY [Manildra], Mesdames H. Burgess [Manildra], F. Craven [Lindfield] and C. Hodges [Forbes].  A brother, John, predeceased him by several years.

The interment took place on Thursday in the Anglican portion of the Meranburn Cemetery.
For further information see Manildra Memories folder at Manildra Library