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Agnew, Hugh (1852–1890)

Mr. Hugh Agnew, manager of the Queensland Deposit Bank, died at his residence, Lutwyche, at about half-past 1 o'clock yesterday morning, the immediate cause of death being congestion of the lungs. The deceased gentleman had been in delicate health for years past, but it was only about a week ago that the malady from which he suffered assumed a serious shape and threatened to cut short his career. Even within a day or two of his death hopes were entertained of his recovery, but in spite of every means adopted for his restoration, he gradually sank, and expired at an early hour yesterday. Mr. Agnew was in the prime of life, being 38 years of age, and he leaves a wife and two children.

Mr. Agnew was born in Manchester, and he had resided in Queensland for about ten years, during which time he had displayed conspicuous ability as a business man. He arrived in Melbourne from England fifteen years ago, and was for two or three years chief accountant to Messrs. A. and R. Amos, large railway contractors. Owing to an affection of the lungs he had to take a trip to England, and then returned to Australia, this time choosing Brisbane as his place of residence. For about a year he held the position of secretary to the Queensland Mercantile and Agency Company, and he was the chief promoter of the Nundah Carriage Works. He again took a trip to England, and on his return to the colony founded the Queensland Deposit Bank in 1886, of which institution he has since been manager. Mr. Agnew, although suffering severely from bodily ailment, was a man of great business energy, and fought against his physical weakness with the greatest courage, having often directed the affairs of the bank from a sick-bed, and when scarcely able to speak. He was a prominent member of the Roman Catholic Church, of wide charity, and much respected both in private and business circles. His mother and sister are at present on their way from England. His remains will be buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery at Nudgee, the funeral leaving his late residence at a quarter past 2 o'clock this afternoon. In consequence of Mr. Agnew's death the Queensland Deposit Bank will remain closed to-day.

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'Agnew, Hugh (1852–1890)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/agnew-hugh-13474/text24164, accessed 18 September 2019.

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