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Currie, Charles Sibbald (1866–1924)

LATE MR C. S. CURRIE. PASSES AWAY AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS.

The death octcurred early yesterday morning of member of one of the oldest and best-respected families of the State, in the person of Mr C. Sibbard Currie, owner of Ettrick Station after a brief illness. News of Mr Currie's demise came as a shock and sincere regret is expressed amongst a wide circle of friends and admirers of the family and deepest respect is felt for the bereaved relatives.

Mr Currie was born at Geelong on August 1, 1866 and had therefore just entered upon his 59th year. He was the fifth son of the late Mr John Lang Currie, who was one of the pioneers of the Western District, and who acquired Larra estate in 1944. He married Miss Estelle Murray Smith, daughter of the late Robert Murray Smith. He leaves a widow and two daughters, who are at present in England. The elder daughter married Lieutenant Denham, RN in May of this year.

The late Mr Currie was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, where he had a very fine career. After matriculation with honors he went to Trinity College, Melbourne where he took his B.A. degree, and then went to Brasenose College, Oxford and there took his L.L.B. degree. He was called to the English bar and on his return to Australia was called to the bar here. Mr Currie did not follow his profession for a very long period and left it in 1894 to take up pastoral pursuits. A few years after his father's death, on the partition of the estate, he took that portion called Ettrick, in 1902, when he built the present house and has lived there since. Death took place in his home early yesterday morning, as stated.

His surviving brothers are Mr J. L. Currie, of Larra, Derrinallum; Mr Edwin Currie, Gala, Lismore, and Mr H. A. Curie, Erelldoune, Burrumbeet. The surviving sister is Mrs J. W. Dowling of Jellalabad, who is also in the Home Land at present.

Possessed of scholarly attainments and admirable refinement, the deceased gentleman was of a very retiring disposition and took no active part in public affairs. He was very widely-read man and a tremendous reader with abnormal retentive faculties. In late years his hobby has beeen collecting first editions of the finest writings of all descriptions that he could obtain. At the time of his death he had acquired a very fine library, whiich he dearly loved.

His funeral is to leave Ettrick homestead at 2 o'clock this Tuesday afternoon, for the Lismore Cemetery, where the burial will take place.

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'Currie, Charles Sibbald (1866–1924)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/currie-charles-sibbald-20173/text31246, accessed 25 November 2017.

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