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Beeston, George Frank (1870–1897)

Mr. Geo F. [George Frank] Beeson (brother of Dr. J. L. Beeston and Mr. J. D. Beeston, of the A.A. Co's. office), who has been confined to his room for some time past, suffering from an acute attack of peritonitis, succumbed to the effects of that dread malady last evening. The deceased young gentleman, until quite recently, was employed in the Water and Sewerage Board office as chief cashier, but a few weeks ago he tendered his resignation. Shortly afterwards he took to his bed, from which he never rose, notwithstanding that he had the best medical skill, including that of his brother, Dr. John Harris, and Dr. W. Nickson. Mr. Beeston was well known and highly esteemed in the local cricketing world, and the news of his death will be received with the sincerest regret everywhere in the north where the good old game is played. He had captained the Water and Sewerage Board eleven throughout the season with the most gratifying success, and it is not a fortnight since the team he loved so well began their match against the Wickham Albions to decide the senior premiership. As a captain he was beloved by all those who played under him, and by his opponents in the field he was admired both for his honesty and his straight forward conduct, whether on the losing or the winning side. It was all the same to the genial young skipper, who cared not which side won so long as the game was fairly and honourably contested. As a batsman and a bowler he had few equals, and when playing in the junior ranks a couple of seasons back he performed very creditably both with bat and ball. Apart from his cricketing qualifications, Mr. Beeston was a much respected and highly popular citizen, a generous friend, and a young man of great promise, being only 27 years of age at the time of his untimely death. The funeral of the deceased will take place this afternoon, leaving Barker-street at 2.30 o'clock for the Sandgate Cemetery.

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'Beeston, George Frank (1870–1897)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/beeston-george-frank-19669/text30989, accessed 21 September 2017.

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