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Hordern, Lebbeus (1891–1928)

Mr. Lebbeus Hordern, son of the late Mr. Samuel Hordern, died suddenly at his home at Darling Point on Sunday night. For some time Mr. Hordern had suffered from insomnia and it is thought that an overdose of the sleeping draught, which he had been accustomed to take, was the cause of his death. He was found dead in bed yesterday morning. Mr. Hordern was widely known in Sydney as a man of varied interests. For a time he was one of the directors of Anthony Hordern and Sons, although he was never directly concerned with the business. He was also one of the trustees appointed in his father's will, but it was in the field of aviation that he was best known. He was one of the first civilians to fly over Sydney and in his early exploits in the air was associated with M. Guillaux, the French aviator, who taught him to fly. Mr. Hordern is credited with having brought seaplanes into Australian waters. With one of these he undertook survey work in New Guinea, He brought to Australia the yacht Adelle, which he intended to use as base for aerial survey work. Mr. Hordern was also a keen motor yachtsman. He was born in Sydney 37 years ago and received much of his early education in England. He returned when about 19 years old and later became associated with the old firm of Anthony Hordern and Sons, and for a time occupied a seat on the board of directors. At the outbreak of war he went to England and enlisted with an English regiment, with which he sought service in France. He was gassed in action and was finally invalided home to Australia in 1917. Apart from his interest in the city, he was for a time the owner of the stations Touree and Casslin and also purchased a country home at Bowral. He is survived by Mrs. Hordern and one son.

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'Hordern, Lebbeus (1891–1928)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 30 October 2020.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Hordon, Billie

31 May 1891
Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


10 September 1928
Darling Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

drug overdose

Cultural Heritage
Military Service
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