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Reuben, Albert Phillip (1863–1930)

The community of Singleton experienced a great shock this morning when news was circulated that Mr Albert Reuben, the well-known chemist, had died in the Dangar Cottage Hospital as the result of being knocked down by a motor cyclist while proceeding to his home last evening.

It appears that Mr Reuben left his shop at 8 o'clock last night, and walked along Pitt-street towards his home. At the intersection of Pitt and Bathhurst-streets he was overtaken by a motor cyclist, the machine striking him with much force throwing him to the ground. Mr Reuben was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the residence of Mrs McGowen. Two medical men were soon in attendance, and after an examination ordered his admission to hospital. He did not regain consciousness, and passed away at 7.30 this morning. The only visible mark on deceased was a small scar on the top of the head; but he had been in failing health for the past four years, and doubtless shock contributed largely to his death.

The late Mr Reuben, who was a single man, was 66 years of age, and was born at Mudgee. For the last 42 years he had been in business as a chemist at the corner of Pitt and John streets, and was one of the most esteemed citizens of Singleton both in business and social circles. Before commencing business in Singleton he was in business at Gunnedah, and prior, to that was dispensing chemist to the late Dr. Richard Bead, of Singleton. His brother, Mr E. L. Reuben, who died many years ago, was a medical student of the late before deceased became associated with the doctor. A sister, Miss Reuben, resides at Kensington.

The deceased was a member of United St. Andrew Lodge of Freemasons, Singleton. He was patron of Singleton Bowling Club, being a member of the club since its inception, and was a generous benefactor to its funds. He also took an active interest in other branches of sport, and will be genuinely missed by all clubs and organisations throughout the town and district. The remains will be taken, to Sydney, by the 1.34 a.m. train to-morrow, for interment in the fmily area at Rookwood cemetery.

Joseph Leonard Smith was charged at the Singleton Court House, to-day with having at Singleton, on June 15, feloniously slain one Albert Phillip Reuben.

Smith was remanded to appear at the Singleton Court on June 24, bail being allowed—self in £80, and one surety of £80.

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'Reuben, Albert Phillip (1863–1930)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/reuben-albert-phillip-20053/text31179, accessed 23 April 2018.

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