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D'Ebro, Charles Abraham (1850–1920)

MR. CHARLES A. D'EBRO.

Tragic Death in Perth.

PERTH, Wednesday-Mr Charles A D'Ebro, architect, of Melbourne, was found dead in a bathroom at the Weld Club to-day with wounds in the neck and thigh. A razor was found in the bath.

Mr D'Ebro was visiting Perth as adviser to the Government in connection with the erection of freezing works at Fremantle.

Mr D Ebro's many friends m Melbourne will learn with regret of the sad circumstances of his death. He had been in ill health for some time, and had suffered periods of despondency, but between these was able to follow his profession with his normal ability. Mr D'Ebro, who was born in England in 1850 was trained as an architect and engineer, and qualified before leaving England for Australia, about 40 years ago. He went first to Adelaide under engagement to the South Australian Railways department, as an engineer, and after remaining there about a year came it Melbourne, and went into partnership with the late Mr J H Grainger. Later he was a senior partner in the firm of D'Ebro, Mackenzie, and Meldrum. He became well known as an architect and engineer and many large buildings and residences in Victoria were designed by him. Amongt them were the Masonic Hall, in Collins street, the M.C .C. pavilion, the offices of Dalgety and Co, in Bourke street and some of the same firm's wool stores, the Premier Permanent Buildings, in Collins street, Georges' Pty Ltd, State Government House (built for Sir John Wagner and formerly known as ' Stonnington'), "Moora Kyne," at Toorak (built for Sir John Grice, and now the home Mr Bowes Kelly), and "Carngham" near Skipton (built for Mr George Russell). Latterly he had specialised in the constraction of meat works. He laid out the municipal abattoirs in Adelaide—said to be amongst the finest in the world—and planned freezing works in Bendigo, Ballarat, and Newcastle. Mr D'Ebro was keenly interested in military matters, and in his younger years held a commission in the Militia Engineers. He leaves a widow and one daughter.

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'D'Ebro, Charles Abraham (1850–1920)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/debro-charles-abraham-19414/text30832, accessed 25 November 2017.

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