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Langlands, John (1876–1937)

After months of painful suffering from an internal malady, the death occurred at Darlot street, Horsham, yesterday morning of Mr. John Langlands at the age of 61 years. His passing, which was deeply deplored by the citizens of the town and residents of the Wimmera, removes another link in the chain of the well-known family of pioneers, which has done much for the progress of the town and district. Deceased, who was unmarried, was a native of Horsham, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Langlands and a member of the third generation, being a grandson of the late Mr. George Langlands, who founded the present business of John Langlands and Sons in 1849. He was an active partner with his brothers in the firm which has grown extensively in the past few years. His faith in the ultimate development of the town as a principal commercial centre was never shaken and he virtually grew up step by step with the amazing progress that has been seen. He was the sole proprietor of the McKenzie Creek Quarrying Company, which has also shown remarkable progress in the past few years. The late Mr. Langlands, though he did not seek prominence in public life, nevertheless was esteemed by a wide circle of friends for his geniality and true manhood. As an employer he was fair and just and he carried these high qualities into his private and sporting activities. At the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted in the A.I.F. and served two years in France as a driver in the 3rd Divisional Supply Column. Over a long period he threw himself whole heartedly into the town's activities. He was a valued member of the Horsham Orchestra and was ready to serve either in the capacity of a flautist or string bass player. In the golfing and rifle sphere he was an active unit, but his principal sport was bowling. For many years he was attached to the Horsham Bowling Club and was president for a term. As a prominent member of the Horsham Public Library he was considered part of the institution by reason of his constant association with its activities. Fine tributes to his sterling character were made yesterday by citizens in every walk of life. The deep sympathy of many friends has been extended to his brothers and sisters in their sad loss. They are Mesdames H. B. Cathcart, W. C. Bolton, R. H. Ritchie, E. Bolton, J. R. Brown, N. C. McMullin, Miss Bessie Langlands, all of Horsham, Mesdames T. W. Studley (St. Kilda) and H. Scott (Sydney), and Messrs Alfred and Frank Langlands (Horsham). One brother (William) is deceased. The funeral will take place this afternoon at the Horsham Cemetery, the cortege leaving St. John's Church of England after a service which is to commence at 1 p.m. A military service will also be conducted at the graveside.

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'Langlands, John (1876–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/langlands-john-17083/text28924, accessed 21 November 2017.

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