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Phillips, Simeon (1847–1925)

The death occurred on Sunday night of Mr. Simeon Phillips, at the age of 77 years.

Mr. Phillips was formerly a prominent figure in the public life of the State, and as member for Dubbo served in the Legislative Assembly for ten years. He was born at Parramatta, and as a young man settled in Dubbo, where he went into business as a jeweller. Shortly after his arrival there, he was elected an alderman, and he held a seat on the local council during the whole of the 30 years he spent in Dubbo. For three terms he was mayor of the town. After his first election as an alderman, he was never opposed for the position. He closely associated himself with all movements for the progress of the town, and was one of its most active pioneers. He was one of the few remaining members of the late Sir George Reid's Freetrade party. Mr. Phillips was closely connected with the Masonic Order, and was the founder of the lodge in Dubbo, and was later made a life member of it. He came to Sydney 15 years ago, and had been living in retirement here ever since.

He has left a widow, four sons (Messrs. S. D. Phillips, of Moree, M. L. Phillips, of the Malay States, and V. J. and A. Phillips, of Sydney), and two daughters, who are both living in Sydney.

The funeral took place at the Rookwood Cemetery yesterday afternoon. The chief mourners were Messrs. V. J., S. D., and Arthur Phillips. The funeral was also attended by many old friends and relations.

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'Phillips, Simeon (1847–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/phillips-simeon-13960/text24865, accessed 21 November 2017.

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