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Ellis, Benjamin (1855–1937)

Mr. Benjamin Ellis, for many years a storekeeper in Sturt street, Adelaide, died suddenly at the age or 82 after an operation on Tuesday night in a private hospital. He was born at Meadows in September, 1855, the fourth son of the late Mr. George Ellis and brother of the late Messrs. William (Meadows), Charles (Lockleys), George (Meadows), Edwin (late of Ellis. Limited), and Fred Ellis (Brisbane), and Mesdames James Jury (Magill), Finlayson, Mrs. S. J. Hamlyn (King's Park), W. D. Murray (King's Park), and Miss Louie Ellis. The late Mr. Ellis lived for about 40 years at Meadows. His first job, at the age of 10 years, was minding sheep for the late Mr. Jesse Catt. For many years he was engaged as mail driver between Meadows and Blackwood for John Hill & Co. About 1895 he started business as a storekeeper in Sturt street, West Adelaide. Although in recent years Mr. Ellis shifted from one side of the street to the other to occupy new premises which he built, this business is still being carried on. Mr. Ellis married Miss Emily Spinkston, eldest daughter of the late Mr E. Sprinkston, of Meadows. Surviving members of his family are Mrs. A. C. R. Hay (Broken Hill), Mrs. P. Banfield (Wirrabara), R. E. Lewis (Cremorne, Sydney). C. Duncan (Rupanyup. Victoria), Miss Irene Ellis (Wayville), and Mr. N. B. Ellis (Nailsworth), Mr. Ellis's eldest son. Hubert, was killed in action during the Great War. Mr. Ellis married a second time, his second wife being Mrs. Newlands, widow of the late Andrew Newlands, of the South Australian Railway Department.

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'Ellis, Benjamin (1855–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/ellis-benjamin-1684/text1809, accessed 25 April 2019.

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