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Marks, James (1835–1907)

Mr. James M. Marks died on Saturday last at his residence, Arlington, Edgecliff-road, Woollahra, after a brief illness. The deceased gentleman, who was 72 years of age, was the son of the late Mr. James Marks of Culwulla, Jamberoo. He was born in Sydney but spent the early part of his life in pastoral pursuits, mainly in the Illawarra district. He took up his residence at Waverley in 1878 and shortly afterwards at Woollahra where he resided until his death. He took a great interest in public life and was a member of the Woollahra Council. At the 1894 general election he was returned as a representative in the Legislative Assembly for the constituency of Woollahra being associated with Messrs J. C. Neild and the late Mr. J. H. Want when political divisions were represented by more than one member. He retired from political life owing to failing health after one Parliamentary term and undertook an extensive trip abroad. Mr. Marks, whose estimable qualities gained for him many friends, was of a philanthropic disposition but although he was connected with charitable institutions did not take any prominent official position in them. The deceased was a member of the Woollahra Presbyterian church committee of management. A lover of healthful open air sports, Mr. Marks was especially devoted to yachting and he was a well-known figure in aquatic circles. Flags were flown at half mast on Saturday at yachting quarters and on various craft in the harbour. The same token of mourning was displayed on various business premises in the city, and at the Woollahra Council chambers. The deceased gentleman was an exponent of rifle shooting having won various trophies which were shot for in the old Paddington Rifle Range. He leaves a widow, three sons, and two daughters. His sons are Drs Herbert and Arthur Marks and Mr Walter Marks (solicitor) and his daughters, Mrs. Arthur Schute (wife of Mr Arthur Schute of Messrs. Schute Bell and Co) and Mrs. Watson (wife of Dr Watson of Orange). Mr Samuel Marks of Roseville, Turramurra, is the only surviving brother.

The funeral took place yesterday at the Waverley Cemetery, the Rev. John Walker presiding both at the service held at the house and at the grave. There was a very large attendance representative of most of the large interests of the State. The principal mourners were: — Drs. Herbert and Arthur Marks and Mr. Walter Marks (sons), Mr Samuel Marks (brother), Mr Theo Marks (cousin), Mr Alfred King, and Mr. Ernest Marks (nephews), Dr. Watson and Mr. Arthur Schute (sons-in-law).

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'Marks, James (1835–1907)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/marks-james-16043/text27994, accessed 11 December 2019.

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