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Forster, Charles E. (1854–1920)

Mr. Charles E. Forster, who died on Tuesday, after a year's illness, at the age of 60, was the last surviving son of the late Mr. William Forster, of Brush Farm, a member of the first New South Wales Parliament under responsible government, and successively Minister for Education, Minister for Lands, Premier, and Agent-General.

Mr. Forster was educated at the Sydney Grammar School, where he was captain of the school, and the Sydney University, where he obtained his B.A. degree. He shared a gold medal for mathematics with Mr. H. E. Barff. After studying civil engineering in Germany, he practised his profession in Sydney, but in the early eighties joined the staff of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, and was for 16 years manager of the Goondi mill, North Queensland. After his retirement from the company, Mr. Forster resided in Sydney, and was a member of the Australian Club. During the war he was one of the honorary treasurers of the Australia Day amelioration committee. Both Mr. Forster's sons fought in the war, and one was killed at Lone Pine. His widow and two daughters, who survive him, worked for the 19th Battalion Comforts Fund. One of his sisters, Dr. Laura Forster, died while working in a military hospital in Russia, and his three half-brothers lost their lives in France. The funeral, which took place on Wednesday, was attended by Mr. F. B. Forster (son), Mrs. H. Nicholson (sister), Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Kater (brother-in-law and sister), Mrs. Norman Kater, Messrs. W. H. Rothe, A. W. Macansh, F. Taylor, A. B. Paterson, A. W. Farquhar, W. W. Davis, F. B. M'Cullagh, P. H. Goldfinch, W. Leslie Tippet, and several representatives of the Amelioration Committee.

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'Forster, Charles E. (1854–1920)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/forster-charles-e-17884/text29469, accessed 21 November 2017.

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