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Baynes, Harry (1858–1920)

from Brisbane Courier

It will be learned with regret that Mr Harry Baynes passed away at his residence, Stephens Road, South Brisbane, at 6 o'clock last evening. The health of the deceased gentleman had been failing during the last two and a half years, and about seven weeks ago he became much weaker. He is survived by his widow, two daughters — Mrs M. M. Edwards (Brisbane) and Mrs. Arthur MacDonald of Yaamba station (Rockhampton) — and three sons — Messrs W. S. Baynes, (Moreheads Ltd), G. E. Baynes (Baynes Ltd), and R. V. Baynes (who is at present staying at Westland station in the Longreach district). The funeral, which will be of a semi-private nature, will arrive at the South Brisbane Cemetery at 1 o'clock this afternoon. It is asked that no flowers be sent.

The name of Baynes Bros is known far and wide throughout Queensland, and the names of Harry and Ernest Baynes, who built up to such a success the business that was founded by their father, are almost equally well known. The late Mr. Harry Baynes, senior partner in the business, was born at Hawthorn, Melbourne, in 1858, but he was brought to Brisbane by his parents when he was a child. He was educated at the Brisbane Grammar School and at the age of 18 years was sent to the old Condamine Plains sheep station to gain a knowledge of stock. He remained for two years on the Darling Downs and then went to Barambah station in the Burnett district, where he became closely associated with cattle. After spending three years at Barambah station he returned to Brisbane to assist his father in the old Graziers’ Butchery. In 1884, on the retirement of his father, Mr. Baynes became the senior partner, and under his management there grew up the Queensland meatworks, the fellmongery at Belmont, and various shops throughout the city. Apart from his own business, Mr. Baynes devoted a good deal of time to local government. He was a member of the old Woolloongabba Divisional Board before that area was incorporated with the South Brisbane municipality, and he was afterwards a member of the Stephens Divisional Board and the Belmont Divisional Board, and in later years was closely associated with the Stephens and Belmont Shire Councils. Like his brother, he was an enthusiastic supporter of rowing, not only pulling a great stroke himself, but encouraging and teaching younger men. He was also a keen supporter of the turf, and for many years was a steward of the Queensland Turf Club. His assistance and encouragement were always given to the National Association, and the work of Messrs. Harry and Ernest Baynes, both as exhibitors at, and staunch supporters of, the various exhibitions, is well known.

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'Baynes, Harry (1858–1920)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 13 August 2020.

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