Dangar was born at Lampen, England close to
the village of St. Neot on 10 March 1800. He
came to Australia on the 'Cumberland' in 1825
with his brother Thomas. Their brother
Henry Dangar was already in the colony.
Henry Dangar was employed as Government Surveyor and
William managed Henry's estates for over ten years.
William also acquired land for himself - 800 acres near
Scone was granted ('Turanville') and he was
given permission to purchase 1800 acres adjacent to Turanville between Dartbrook and Kingdon Ponds.
He also took out a lease on 35,840 acres in the New England district
called 'Kangaroo Hills'. He employed a superintendent to run this
well as managing his own estates and those belonging to
his brother Henry, William Dangar was Churchwarden of St.
Luke's Church and a District Councilor at Scone.
He was also a partner in a meat cannery at
William Dangar returned to England in 1857. He
died in Cheltenham, England on 16 April 1868 and was
buried in St. Neot.
Funeral of William Dangar -
Not twelve months since we had to record the interment of St. Neots,
near Liskeard of Mr. Richard Cary Dangar and Anne his wife whose
lamented decease took place within a few days of each other, that of teh
husband being almost sudden. On the 16th instant, after surviving his
brother but a few months, Mr. William Dangar died after a lengthened
illness cat Cotswold Grange near Cheltenham in the 69th year of
his age. The remains of the deceased were brought to Liskeard by train
on the morning of Tuesday last, and conveyed thence in a hearse to St.
Neots, followed by several carriages containing the mourners, in the
foremost carriage being Mr. Albert Dangar, one of the nephews of the
deceased, son of Mr. Henry Dangar who died at Grantham, NSW and Mr. N.
Mitchell, lf Lampden, one of the executors. There was a numerous
concourse of spectators assembled to witness the funeral obsequies the
family of the deceased having for many years held a high position in the
memory and esteem of the inhabitants of St. Neots, both for the affluent
position they had won for themselves by successful enterprise in the
colonies, and by reason of their munificent benefactions both public and
private among the residents of St. Neots. The body of the deceased,
enclosed in a massive coffin of polished oak, was laid by the side of
his parents. William and Judith Dangar in the churchyard surrounding the
old church of St. Neots. In the sacred enclosure are many records in
stone of the family of deceased and many others of a most ancient date,
testifying to the venerable age of the church and affording a solemn but
shadowy memorial of those one living ones who in the stillness of death,
now tenant the precincts of God's acre. The deceased was one of a family
of brothers who have reaped in Australia the reward of an intelligent
and persevering development of the resources of the colony. Not only has
wealth amply compensated their toil, but, in addition the members of the
Dangar family have had their worth publicly recognised and honoured by
elections to the colonial Legislative - Cornwall Paper Sydney Mail
18 July 1868
A memorial plaque in St. Neot Church records:
'Sacred to the memory of William Dangar, who died at
Cheltenham on 16th April 1868; in the 68th year of
his age. He was one of the earliest settlers in New
south Wales, where, during a continued residence of
thirty five years he attained by his energetic
spirit of enterprise, and by ceaseless activity, an honorable position, whilst he also largely
contributed to the success of that Colony, in which,
as well as in this parish, his memory will be
Notes & Links:
Select here to find some of the convicts assigned to William Dangar
Thomas Dangar was postmaster at Scone and proprietor of the
Fleece Inn. A younger brother
Richard Cary Dangar arrived in
1836 and commenced a
Store in Muswellbrook. Brother John, died in
1847 aged 37 and was buried in
Churchyard, Scone. Their sister Elizabeth married
Samuel Wellington Cook.
3). The Will of Richard Carey Dangar