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Clewett, Felix Edward (1836–1913)

from Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld)

The death occurred this morning of the Hon. Felix Clewett, who was for many years interested in pastoral and commercial pursuits in the Blackall and Springsure districts.

Mr. Clewett was born in Sydney in March, 1836, says 'Pugh's Almanac.' and was therefore seventy-seven years of age. He went as a child to a private infants' school and later for a short time to St. James's Grammar School, and as a schoolboy was one of the choir of St. James's Church but he had to go to work when only about eight or ten years of age. At an early age he went to the 'bush,' where he spent some time shepherding at Liverpool Plains. In 1851 he went to Victoria to the then newly opened goldfields, and worked on the diggings with an elder brother with varying success for some time. Becoming dissatisfied with the result of the work, he left it and took to carrying with horse teams and was fairly successful. Later he was engaged in mustering on a couple of stations. In 1861 he came to Queensland, and with various short intervals of absence he had been a resident of the state ever since. When he first came over to Queensland it was with the object of taking up country for pastoral purposes, but he was induced to turn his attention to land surveying, and worked with Mr. J. F. Byerley. When Mr. Byerley accepted the appointment of Engineer of Roads. Northern Division. Mr. Clewett was offered and accepted a situation under him in connection with the survey and formation of roads in the western districts. In 1866 retrenchment affected him in common with others. Then he read up for examination as a licensed surveyor, which he passed. Shortly after Mr Byerley offered him his former billet, which he took, and continued in the Government service until about 1873, when he resigned and bought a small cattle station. After keeping this for a year he sold it and purchased a storekeeping business at Blackall, on the Barcoo. When the Divisional Board Act was first brought into operation Mr. Clewett was appointed by the Government a member of the first board for the Kargoolnah, but in consequence of the town of Blackall having been proclaimed a municipality, and as he did not hold a qualification in the division, he had not since been a member of the board. In July, 1880, Mr. Clewett was called to the Legislative Council.

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'Clewett, Felix Edward (1836–1913)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/clewett-felix-edward-29237/text36345, accessed 18 October 2019.

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