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Symon, David (1858–1924)

Sir Josiah Symon has just been informed by cablegram of the death, of his younger brother, Mr. David Symon, who was well known in South Australia, and had many friends in this State. As a young man in the early 'eighties he was for a time with the firm of Harrold Brothers, merchants and shipping-agents. He then went to Western Australia, (then just emerging from the Crown Colony stage), and there he established the firm of Messrs. Symon, Hammond, & Hubble, hardware and general merchants, and shipping agents, at Fremantle and Perth. That firm carried on a large business for a good many years. Mr. Symon was personally very popular in social, commercial, and public life. When self government was given to Western Australia he was elected to the House of Assembly, and sat for several years as a strong supporter of the late Lord Forrest. He retired from Parliament, owing to pressure of business, and eventually realized his interests in the west, and went to London, settling down there at 68 Fore street, City, as an Australian and general merchant (a business which he carried on up to his death), and residing at Dukes avenue, Chiswick. He was genial, kindhearted, and generous; and many Australians visiting England availed themselves of his wide knowledge of London and its businessmen, which he always and readily placed at their disposal. In his youth he was a cricketer above the average. In later years he was an ardent golfer; and was in the first flight of the Acton Club in North London. He has left a widow and two daughters—his only son having died in boyhood.

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'Symon, David (1858–1924)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/symon-david-14725/text25882, accessed 7 August 2020.

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