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Veale, John (1850–1922)

Mr James Richards of Pleasant row, St Just, has received news of the death of his brother in law, Mr John Veale, formerly of Bollowal, St Just, who left St Just fifty years ago for Australia.

An Australian paper says:

A former old and popular mine manager, Mr John Veale died at his residence, Mount Korong Road, California Gully, yesterday at the age of 71 years.

Mr Veale who retired from the management of the Bendigo Amalgamated Co.'s Nelson mine early last year, had a varied and interesting career. Born in the year 1850 at St Just, Cornwall, he went tin mining at the tender age of 10 years and toiled in his native country until he reached the age of 15 years. He landed in Melbourne in 1865, journeyed to Ballarat and started mining at Hiscocks and also did some alluvial mining there. He came to Bendigo in 1869. Afterwards, Mr Veale went to Raywood. His next move was to New Caledonia, where he worked in the nickel mines. He soon returned to Bendigo and in 1882 was appointed manager of the North Rose of Denmark. Subsequently he accepted a similar position at the Collmann and Tacchi, which he occupied for 11 years. In 1897 Mr Veale visited Western Australia and remained on the Kalgoorlie field for 12 months. He was next located in Tasmania, where for three years he was manager of the North Tasmanian mine. Returning to Victoria, Mr Veale received an appointment as manager of the Central Cookman's mine, Maldon. Three years later he again came to Bendigo and occupied the dual position of manager of the Johnson's Reef and North Johnson's mines.

Upon the formation of the Bendigo Amalgamated Goldfields Co., Mr Veale was placed in charge of the Nelson mine, in which capacity he served until his retirement. Mr Veale was held in high esteem by the large number of employees who have come under his control.

In 1906-7 Mr Veale occupied the position of president of the Mining Managers' Association. For many years he was a member of the administrative council of the Bendigo School of Mines, and his knowledge of mining proved of incalculable assistance. Two of his sons, Lieutenants P. J. Veal and W. C. D. Veale, DCM, MC, served in the war.

A widow and grown up family survive him.

Original publication

  • Cornishman (UK), 31 May 1922

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