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Carruthers, Charles U. (1847–1937)

Dr. Charles U. Carruthers, whose remains were cremated at Rookwood on Saturday, had been associated with the public activities of Balmain for 66 years. He was a descendant of the Marquis of Sligo, was born in Dublin, Ireland, 84 years ago, and graduated at Dublin Royal College of Surgeons. Later he saw service in the Afghan War under the late Lord Roberts, and won the Kandahar medal. He came to Australia from India and entered into partnership with Dr. McNab at Newcastle. Later he married a daughter of Dr. Evans, of Balmain, and took up medical practice there.

He was a foundation member of the Balmain and District Hospital medical staff, a foundation member of the St. John Ambulance, and one of the first honorary officials, and a foundation member of the first Masonic lodge at Balmain. He was for a term Grand Master of the Masonic Order in this State. In recent years he occupied his time in compiling a history of Balmain district and completed the work just before his death.

The service at St. John's Church of England, Balmain, was conducted by the Rev. A. G. Rix. At the Crematorium the service was taken by the Masonic Grand Chaplain (the Rev. W. J. Grant).

The chief mourners were:—Messrs. Percy and Ernest Carruthers (sons) and their wives. Sir Hugh Poynter and Professor J. C. Windeyer (nephews), Lady Poynter. Mrs. M. Bean (niece), Mrs. Leonard Keep (sister-in-law), and Mr. Ernest Harpur (cousin).

The Masonic Grand Lodge was represented by M. Wor. Bro. E. Hungerford, P.G.M.; Rt. Wor. Bro. H. D. Christison, P.D.M.; Rt. Wor. Bro. D. Cunningham. Grand Secretary; M. Wor. Bro. Arthur, P.G.M.; Rt. Wor. Bro. Wm. Gray. D.G.M.: Rt. Wor. Bro. C. A. Y. Simpson, P.D.G.M.; Very Wor. Bro. Grant; Balmain Council by Alderman Burns; St. John Ambulance by Superintendent G. A. Hamer and Dr. Wilfred Vickers, assistant commissioner; the Balmain and District Hospital by Alderman Thornton (president); Balmain Masonic Lodge by Wor. Bro. H. E. Edwards, and the Pharmaceutical Society of New South Wales by Mr. R. E. Gostelow, secretary.

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