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Booth, John Felix (1864–1937)

Mr. John Felix Booth, a well-known Sydney business man, died at his residence in Bellevue-road, Bellevue Hill, late yesterday afternoon, after a long illness. Mr. Booth was in his 73rd year. He was a director of Anthony Hordern and Sons and of other companies, and a trustee of the estate of the late Mr. Samuel Hordern, who was his brother-in law.

Mr. Booth was born in Sydney, and was the son of the late Mr. John Booth, well-known produce merchant, of Sussex street. After being educated at the Fort-street School, he entered his father's business. Under the will of Mr. Samuel Hordern, Mr. Booth was appointed a trustee, and real estate manager of the estate for life.

He was one of the most brilliant amateur conjurers in Australia, and often appeared for charity. He was a member of City Tattersall's and the A.J.C., and at one time owned racehorses, including Quarale and Valior. Mr. Booth was also a keen bowler, a former president and member of both the Victoria Park Bowling Club and the Petersham club. In bowling circles he was best known as the "Kernel" of the Knuts Bowling Combination, which made several tours to other States.

He was also interested in homing pigeon racing, being the president of the Western Suburbs and Marrickville clubs.

Mr. Booth married twice, and is survived by his widow and eight children. Mr. Percy Stevenson Booth is his only surviving brother, and his sisters are Mrs. Samuel Hordern, sen., Mrs J. J. Booth, of Cremorne, Lady Richards, widow of the late Sir Richard Richards, former Lord Mayor of Sydney, and Mrs. Louis A. Woolf, also of Sydney.

After a service beginning at 2.30 p.m. to-day at St. Mark's, Darling Point, the funeral will move to the Crematorium, Rookwood.

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'Booth, John Felix (1864–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/booth-john-felix-19663/text30983, accessed 12 November 2019.

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