On this day …….. 20th of July 1889
On the 20th of July 1889, Mr. Lewis Lewis passed away at the residence of his son, Mr. F. B. Lewis, in Mollison-street, Abbottsford at the great age of 106 years. Mr. Lewis was born on the 6th of October, 1783, at Rochester, in Kent, England. He left England when he was 75 years of age, and arrived in Victoria in the year 1857. He came direct to Bendigo, where a portion of his family resided, and has remained here ever since, excepting a few years’ absence in New Zealand. In 1820, Mr.
Lewis being then 37 years of age, was married at Rochester, in Kent, and he was accompanied by his wife to Bendigo. On Mr. Lewis’ side the longevity of the family is remarkable. His father lived to the age of 107 years, and his mother also reached a venerable age, having battled the world for over a century. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis were the progenitors of a long race of children. They had 17 in all, of whom nine are now living. They reared eleven to become men and women, some of whom Mr. Lewis himself outlived. Mr Lewis had 41 grand-children, and 13 great grand-children. Mr. Lewis was an early riser, and temperate in his habits. He could enjoy a good glass of wine and a cigar up to a few days of his death.