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Snodgrass, Frederick Evelyn (1866–1929)

By the death of the Rev. Canon Frederick Evelyn Sturt Snodgrass, which occurred at his home, Como avenue, South Yarra, early on Saturday morning the Anglican Church has lost a widely respected clergyman, who was held in warm regard by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. For some months it has been known that Canon Snodgrass was suffering from an affection of the heart but it was thought that if care were exercised his life would not be endangered, and he took his part regularly in the work of church movements. Canon Snodgrass was found dead in his chair at half past 6 o'clock on Saturday morning. Apparently he had died some hours previously. The body was cremated at Fawkner Crematorium yesterday morning.

Canon Snodgrass was a brother of the late Janet Lady Clarke and of Mrs. Hughes, wife of Mr. F. G. Hughes, and Mrs McBean, wife of Mr D. McBean, of Euroa. Canon Snodgrass was married, but had no family. His widow is a sister of Mr. J. Beacham Kiddle, solicitor, of Domain street, South Yarra.

Ordained to the priesthood in Melbourne in 1892 by Bishop Goe, Canon Snodgrass first served as curate of St. Paul's, Geelong. He returned to the parish as incumbent in 1911, and remained there for eight years. As a student of Trinity College he graduated from Melbourne University as bachelor of arts in 1894, and master of arts in 1896. Among the parishes in which Canon Snodgrass worked were St. Andrew's, Brighton (1894-95), Balwyn and Canterbury (1896-1900), St. Mark's Fitzroy (1900-1909) and St James's, East St. Kilda (1919-23). After having resigned from the incumbency of St. James he left for an extended holiday tour in Europe. Upon his return he did not again undertake parochial work, but devoted himself to philanthropic service. Among the institutions to which he gave much time was the Diocesan Mission to the Streets and Lanes of Melbourne, conducted by the sisters of the Anglican Church. He was warden of the mission from 1919 until the time of his death. He was elected a canon of St Paul's Cathedral in 1912.

A short service was taken at Como avenue yesterday morning by the Rev. J. Tyssen, vicar of St George's, Malvern. The funeral procession then left for the Mission to the Streets and Lanes, Spring street, where a service was conducted in the chapel by Archdeacon Hancock. The Archbishop elect (Dr. F. W. Head) was present. Others present were the precentor of St. Paul's Cathedral (the Rev. R. Sherwood), the mother superior of the sisterhood (Sister Esther) and sisters of the mission. On arrival at Fawkner Cemetery, Archdeacon Hancock led the funeral procession to the crematorium. Following him were Archbishop Head and Archdeacon Lamble, and the chief mourners, Mrs. Snodgrass, Sir Frank Clarke, and Mr. J. Beacham Kiddle. The casket was covered with the pall of the Mission to the Streets and Lanes, and a wreath of lilies. The funeral arrangements were made by B. Matthews Pty. Ltd.

Among those present were the Bishop of Wangaratta, the Right Rev. J. S. Hart, Archdeacon Hindley, Canon F. S. Hughes, the Rev. Dr. Laws and the Rev. Maurice Jones. The Cathedral choir was represented by the Rev. R. Sherwood. After the funeral service had been read by Archdeacon Hancock, the blessing was pronounced by Archbishop Head.

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'Snodgrass, Frederick Evelyn (1866–1929)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/snodgrass-frederick-evelyn-18872/text30507, accessed 25 November 2017.

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