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Archer, Alexander (1861–1945)

Mr. Alexander Archer, senior member of the law firm of Messrs Archer, Hall, and Campbell, Launceston, died at his home Smith St., Longford, yesterday, aged 83 years. Mr Archer, who had been in indifferent health for several years, was the son of the late Mr and Mrs Robert Archer, formerly of Saundridge, Cressy, and was born at Longford.

Educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School, he went to St. Peter's College, Cambridge (England), where he graduated as bachelor of law, and was admitted to the Inner Temple, London, where he practised as a barrister before returning to Tasmania. He was admitted to the Bar in Tasmania in 1887, and was its oldest member.

In the course of his law career, Mr Archer was associated in partnership with the late Mr John Clemons. After Mr Clemons was elected to the Commonwealth Senate, Mr Archer joined the firm of Law, Weston, and Archer, Launceston. A few years ago the firm was changed and Mr Archer became senior member in Archer, Hall, and Campbell.

He was a noted sportsman, taking a leading interest in the Tasmanian Turf Club, Longford Racing Club, Northern Tasmanian coursing, as well as cricket, football and golf. In his early days Mr. Archer played in representative football and cricket. He was the oldest member of Lake Lodge No. 29 TC (Masonic). He was not married.

The funeral will take place at Christ Church cemetery, Longford, today.

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'Archer, Alexander (1861–1945)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/archer-alexander-1447/text1447, accessed 18 October 2018.

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