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Stewart, Ernest Robert (1875–1946)

Captain E. R. [Ernest Robert] Stewart, who died at his home, "Kentmere," Oliver's Hill, Frankston, will be missed by many. He was loved by all who knew him for his kindly actions and sound advice.

He was born in St. Kilda, Melbourne, and was educated at Queen's College and Scotch College. He was one of the early members of the St. Kilda Yacht Club, and had his own yacht.

Soon after leaving school he was apprenticed to a sailing ship, and after finishing his training was, at an early age, second officer of the "Kentmere." He sailed to many parts of the world. Later on, Captain Stewart joined a steamship company in England, where he got his master's certificate. Some years later he returned to Australia and thence to New Zealand, where he joined the Union S.S. Company. where he was a popular officer and captain of many of their ships. He married in New Zealand, and about ten years later joined the Port Phillip Pilot Service. On his retirement from that service about six years ago he came to live in Frankston. Captain Stewart was a Lieut-Commander in the R.A.N.R. until the retiring age. He was also an assessor to the Marine Board of Victoria.

He joined the V.D.C. in Frankston, and did good work in the Red Cross Waste Products.

His widow and son are left to mourn his loss. Another son was killed in Greece in the 6th Division of the A.I.F. in 1941.

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'Stewart, Ernest Robert (1875–1946)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/stewart-ernest-robert-19039/text30631, accessed 19 September 2019.

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