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Schute, Arthur (1857–1924)

While crossing New South Head-road at Rose Bay last night, Mr. Arthur Schute, managing director of the well-known Sydney wool selling brokers, Messrs. Schute, Bell, and Co. was knocked down by a motor car. He was conveyed by ambulance to Sydney Hospital, where Dr. Flynn pronounced life extinct.

Mr. Schute, who was in his 68th year, was a popular figure in the Sydney wool trade, with which he had been long identified, and he was a recognised authority on the export side of the wool trade. He was the son of a woollen manufacturer, of Bradford, and as a young man he undertook a complete course in the Saltaire mills, well known as a leading mill in Bradford.

Completing his course, he came to Melbourne with a letter of introduction to Mr. J. S. Horsfall, then a director of Goldsbrough, Mort, and Co., and subsequently he joined the service of this company. Later he was transferred to the Sydney branch of the firm, where he remained for a number of years as head wool expert.

About 17 or 18 years ago he joined with Messrs. F. D. Bell, E. R. Moser, and Phillip Mylecharane in establishing the firm of Schute, Bell, and Co., which later was formed into a limited liability company, with Mr. Schute as managing director.

Mr. Schute was a member of the Union Club and the Royal Sydney Golf Club, and, although he did not take an active interest in public affairs, he was a patron of sport, and a keen lover of horses. He is survived by a widow and a son and daughter.

The deceased, whose residence at Trelawney-street, Woollahra, is under repair, had been staying at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, and it was adjacent to the club-house that the accident occurred. Mr. Schute had alighted from a tram at the Rose Bay stop, and he stood to allow a motor car travelling towards the city to pass. Then he crossed the street at the rear of this vehicle, emerging directly in the path of a motor car travelling in the opposite direction and driven by a local tradesman. An accident was unavoidable.

The funeral will leave the residence, Whetley, Trelawney-street, Woollahra, at 3 p.m. to-day, by motor, for South Head Cemetery.

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'Schute, Arthur (1857–1924)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 September 2020.

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