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Stewart, Alexander (1840–1920)

Alexander Stewart, n.d.

Alexander Stewart, n.d.

Mr. Alexander Stewart, whose death occurred at his residence, Lava- street, Warrnambool, on Monday evening of last week, was one of the early pioneers of this district. He was a native of Greenock, Scotland, and arrived in Australia as a lad of 14, with his parents, brother and sister, in 1852. After spending some years at the gold diggings around Campbell's Creek, the family settled on land on the banks of the Loddon, Newstead. Later, Mr. Stewart came to this district and engaged in business at Ellerslie for some time. Whilst there he married a daughter of the late John McKellar, of Ballangeich. Afterwards he selected land at St. Helen's, near Yambuk, but after enduring the hardships inseparable from the settlers' life in the lonely bush in those days, he gave up his selection, and with his wife and young family went to Smeaton, in the Ballarat district. Nearly 30 years ago he returned to this district, and had since resided in Warrnambool. He was a typical Scotsman—a man of unbending rectitude, who could not tolerate anything approaching hypocrisy or compromise with the truth, and one who was held in sincere regard by all who had the privilege of his friendship. He leaves a widow and family of four sons and two daughters. One son — Dr. J. McKellar Stewart —is lecturer on Mental Philosophy at the Melbourne University.

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'Stewart, Alexander (1840–1920)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/stewart-alexander-16814/text28708, accessed 12 December 2019.

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