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Fisher, Leslie Brandon (1884–1946)

The death of Mr. L. B. lusher, of Brandon, Seaham, which occurred suddenly in Maitland Hospital, on Thursday morning last, removes from our district one of its most popular and most useful public men. His death is mourned by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, not for his services alone, but for his genial companionship, his generous disposition and willingness in every branch of social, religious, industrial, political or patriotic life to do all that a human might reasonable be expected to do to assist his fellow men and make the conditions better than they were. He took a liberal and broad view of life; made allowances for the amenities of life, private or public and hoped to see the time when many of them would be overcome and the community go on to a better era. His ambitions and aims were to that end, for he looked upon the sober, sensible, moral side of life as the things that mattered, as without them little could be hoped for in a general improvement of the nation's future. He lived a useful life and put all his efforts into advancing the welfare of the district in promoting its primary activities, and spent his life in close study, of the best way to increase its success, as he had owned and controlled about six share dairy farms at one period and at his death his estate was devoted to share dairying. Naturally he was a keen advocate for self-reliance in the industry and a warm advocate of co-operative activities among the farmers, and helped establish the Raymond Terrace Co-op. Dairy Co. forty odd years ago, and had been closely associated with its progress right up to the time of his death. He was a director of the Co. for a long period and for 12 years of that period Chairman of Directors, and only retired from the office when he was beset with illness which compelled him to vacate the position of chair man, but still retained his seat as a director. His services to the shareholders were most valuable and his advice helpful to his fellow directors, who regret sincerely that his position is no longer with them. He was also a director of the Dairy farmers' Co-op. Milk Co. and had been come years with them. Also he was an active member of the Primary Producers' Union and was a delegate to the District Council of the Lower Hunter and Gloucester branch. He was also chairman of Directors of the Maitland Mercury Co. He assisted every movement in the Lower Hunter that gave any hope of becoming a benefit, either politically, religiously, socially or otherwise. He was born at Brandon 62 years ago, and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Fisher. His father inherited the estate from his uncle Warren, who had the land as a grant from about 1823. In those early days horse and cattle raising were the chief land industries, but later what growing became a prominent feature till the wet seasons about 1867 when it went out through rust mainly. The deceased leaves a family of three sons Messrs. William, George and Colin, and is survived also by Mrs. Fisher. The funeral was held at Beresfield, leaving the home at 11 a.m. on Friday morning, after a service at the house, and which was attended by a large gathering of his friends and relatives. The Revs. Caldwell, Presbyterian, East Maitland and the Rev. Pullen C. of E. officiated at the services, both at the home and crematorium. The large number of beautiful wreaths marked the respect held for deceased.

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'Fisher, Leslie Brandon (1884–1946)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/fisher-leslie-brandon-22404/text32135, accessed 13 November 2019.

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