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Greene, Arthur Henry (1871–1940)

Mr. Arthur Henry Greene passed away suddenly, at his residence, "Gnarlbine," Camperdown, on Monday evening, in his sixty-ninth year.

The late Mr. Greene, whose death came as a great shock to a large circle of friends, was born at Kyneton on June 25, 1871. He was educated at Toorak College (Melbourne), where he matriculated with honours in 1886, and later at the Melbourne University.

About 1894 he went to Western Australia and worked on the Coolgardie gold-fields. Later, he surveyed the pipe-line and worked on the construction of the Coolgardie water scheme.

He enlisted for the South African war with the second contingent of Western Australians; sailed on the Surrey, and served as a private. He was mentioned in despatches and was invalided home after being severely wounded.

On his recovery he resumed work on the Coolgardie water scheme, and at the construction company's office in Perth.

He married Miss Daisy Philippa Staples, youngest daughter of the late Dr. J. H. Staples, of Burwood Place, London, at St. George's Cathedral, Perth, in 1901, and came to Camperdown with his wife the next year. They resided in Brooke street for a time and later moved out to "Gnarlbine," on the north-east bank of Lake Gnotuk.

The late Mr. Greene practised as a licensed surveyor, after coming to his district. He was appointed valuer to the Shire of Hampden, at the council meeting on May 4, 1909, and discharged the duties of that office for a period of 31 years, up to the time of his death.

He was the originator of the Camperdown Christmas lawn tennis tournament in 1914, and was joint honorary secretary with Mr. J. S. Aitken for some years. Later he occupied the presidential chair.

An accomplished tennis player, he won the West Australian singles championship in 1895, and actively participated in the game up to a few years ago.

He was the second son of the late Mr. William Henry Greene, "Avington," St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, and is survived by a family of three sons — Quintin, Gordon and Jack. His wife pre-deceased him.

The late Mr. Greene was held in high esteem throughout the town and district. A citizen with a high sense of civic responsibility and of unquestioned personal integrity, his passing will be deeply regretted by those privileged to have made contact with him during a long and fruitful life.

Striking testimony of the esteem in which the deceased gentleman was held, was afforded by the lengthy cortege and array of floral tributes at the funeral at the Camperdown cemetery yesterday afternoon.

Rev. W. E. Moorhouse conducted the burial service and Messrs Buck and Walls Pty. Ltd. directed the funeral arrangements.

Coffin-bearers were: Messrs K. Fryers. A. La Galle, J. Morrisey, D. Hurley. D. Cook, and L. Cook.

Pall-bearers: Messrs F. A. Robertson, E. A. Thornley, John Manifold, T. F. Little, D. McDonald, A. Cameron, A. Chisholm, and L. Sprague.

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'Greene, Arthur Henry (1871–1940)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/greene-arthur-henry-16242/text28184, accessed 19 September 2017.

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