Arthur Lydney Payne was one of Lambton and New Lambton’s most prominent citizens. This month marks 100 years since his death on 15th June 1917.
A L Payne was born at Lydney Park, a property in the Millers Forest area, around 1850. In the 1860s his family moved to Waratah, where the teenage Arthur was employed by the butcher, D McMichael. Arthur’s skill and reliability were so evident that he was soon appointed to the management of the business. In 1870, at just 20 years of age, Arthur Payne purchased a butchering business in Regent St New Lambton, and later that year opened another shop in Elder St Lambton. Thus began a family business that maintained a continuous association with the area until 1993.
A L Payne’s efforts were not only directed towards commerce. He served as an alderman on Lambton Council for 19 years, and was four times elected Mayor. He also became renowned for his expertise in herbal medicines, and “patients came to him for advice from all parts of Australia.”
One of the enduring legacies of Arthur Payne to our district is Le Chalet, the elegant house he had built in Elder St Lambton in the early 1900s. In 1911, at the rear of this property, Arthur Payne erected stables and a buggy house, as he was an avid horseman. He maintained a lifelong interest in the sport of show jumping, and won a number of competitions across NSW with horses he had personally trained. Even a month before his death at age 67 he was active, purchasing a “well-known jumper and show horse” from the Maitland horse markets.
After a short illness, A L Payne died at his residence in Elder St Lambton in June 1915. His funeral cortege, travelling from Lambton to Sandgate cemetery was reported as “one of the largest that ever left Lambton”, the size of the gathering being “a fine tribute of respect and esteem in which the deceased gentleman was held.”
The article above was first published in the June 2017 edition of the Lambton & New Lambton Local.
|Name:||Arthur Lydney Payne|
|Birth date:||8 Jan 1851|
|Birth place:||Lydney Park (near Millers Forest), NSW|
|Death date:||15 Jun 1917|
|Death place:||Elder St, Lambton, NSW|
|Burial site:||Sandgate Cemetery|
|Burial Long,Lat :||151.70626621,-32.869169368 (KML File for Google Earth)|
|Burial date:||17 Jun 1917|
There is some uncertainty about the age of A. L. Payne at the time of his death. Page 155 of “The Story of Lambton” states his date of birth as being 8 January 1851, which would make him aged 66 at his death. However the inscription on his grave states his age as being 67. To add to the confusion, the newspaper article reporting his death states that he was born in 1852, which would make him aged 64 or 65.
Arthur Lydney Payne served as an alderman on Lambton Council for nearly 19 years, in two separate periods of office:
- February 1884 to May 1894
- September 1903 to March 1912
Interestingly, both periods of office ended with a resignation – in May 1894 over the the failure of the electric light plant, and in March 1912 for an unspecified reason.
Alderman Payne was elected Mayor on four occasions:
|Article Date Event Date||Notes|
|5 May 1917||At the Maitland horse markets, a month before his death … "We have also to report the sale of the well-known jumper and show horse, Moonbi, at a highly satisfactory price to Mr. A. L. Payne."|
|19 Jun 1917|
15 Jun 1917
|"Mr Payne carried on a butchering business successfully for many years, but he was better and far wider known as a skilful adviser in cases of sickness and chronic complaints. He was so successful in the treatment of all kinds of human ailments and diseases that patients came to him from almost all parts of the Commonwealth, including Queensland and Tasmania."|
|16 Jun 1917|
15 Jun 1917
|Death of Arthur Lydney Payne.|
|16 Jun 1917||Funeral notice for A. L. Payne.|
|18 Jun 1873|
17 Jun 1917
|Report on the funeral of A. L. Payne|
|21 Jun 1917|
19 Jun 1917
|Letter of condolence sent from Lambton Council to the widow and family of the late A. L. Payne.|
|21 Jul 1917||Estate of A. L. Payne valued at £18,185, bequeathed to his wife Thirza Grace Payne.|