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Addison, Glentworth Walsh (1831–1903)

Glentworth Addison, 1870

Glentworth Addison, 1870

photo provided by the Addison family

The death is announced of Mr. Glentworth Walsh Fraser Addison, formerly Senior Stipendiary Magistrate, which took place at his residence, Hunter's Hill, on Tuesday. He had reached the age of 72 years, having been born at the Hulme Cavalry Barracks, Manchester, England, in the year 1831. He was the eldest son of the late Lieutenant-Colonel H. R. Addison, formerly of the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays). The deceased gentleman was widely known and esteemed during his long career, extending over 42 years, of official life. As a youth the late Mr. Addison was intended for the navy, and was indeed appointed to The Queen, the last of the old line of battleships, and then commanded by a relative, but after hastening to Portsmouth to join he was found to be under age, and the ship sailed without him. In 1852, during the gold rush, Mr. Addison sailed to Victoria, and after experiences on some of the famous diggings and in Melbourne he came to this State and entered the Public Service in 1858 as an officer of the Department of Lands. Two years later he was appointed a sub-Gold Commissioner at the Upper Clarence goldfields. In 1863 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner, and when the whole staff of commissioners was abolished in 1866 with the exception of three, Mr. G. O'Malley Clarke, Mr. Whittingdale Johnson, and Mr. Addison, the last named was appointed Chief Commissioner of northern gold district. Mr. Addison was next appointed Police Magistrate at Tenterfield and subsequently in 1875 promoted to Maitland. When the Metropolitan Magistrates Act came into force in January, 1882, he was chosen as one of the six Stipendiary Magistrates for the Metropolitan District. On leaving both Tenterfield and Maitland Mr. Addison received highly complimentary addresses and expressions of esteem. He remained on the Metropolitan Bench for 17 years, retiring in 1899 from the position of Senior Stipendiary Magistrate and Chairman of the Metropolitan Licensing Bench, the regret of the Government for the loss of his services being then put on record by the Minister for Justice.

Mr Addison, married first a daughter of the late Dr Francis Campbell, of Gladesville, and secondly daughter of the late Mr C. H. Walsh, solicitor, formerly member of the Legislative Assembly for Argyle. He has left a family of eight sons and one daughter, the eldest son, Mr G. C. Addison., barrister-at-law, being the present Registrar in Industrial Arbitiation; Mr Glentworth Addison, clerk of Petty Sessions at Bathurst; Mr Philip Addison, manager of the Commercial Bank at Warialda; and other sons following business and legal pursuits. Mr Addison's only daughter is married to Dr. R. R. S. Mackinnon, of North Sydney.

The deceased gentleman was for many years a prominent member of the Church of England, the Standing Committee and Church Society, and the General and Diocesan Synods.

When the Central Summons Court assembled yesterday morning, Messrs C. Bull and Oliver, representing the legal profession, made reference to the death of Mr Addison. Mr G. H. Southers S.M. endorsed the remarks, and said he was very sorry that owing to the hour of the funeral the Bench would be prevented from attending.

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Additional Resources

  • profile, Illustrated Sydney News, 9 September 1893, p 16
  • photo, Australian Town and Country Journal, 7 January 1899, p 20

Citation details

'Addison, Glentworth Walsh (1831–1903)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 September 2020.

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