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Walsh, Western (1862–1932)

Mr. Western Walsh, who in his early life was a prominent survey engineer in the service of the Queensland Railway Department, died suddenly at Mt Tamborine yesterday morning, in his 71st year. During the last few months he had not enjoyed the best of health, and about a fortnight ago decided to go to Mt Tamborine to recuperate. The change appeared to be beneficial, and Mr Walsh intended to return to his home at Southport this week. Early yesterday morning, however, he had a heart seizure, and died shortly afterwards. The second son of the late Mr William Henry Walsh, a former Minister for Lands and Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, Mr Walsh received his education at Bowyer's School, Sydney, and later at Mittagong, NSW, when the school was transferred there. He later entered the service of the Queensland Railway Department as a survey engineer, being associated with the construction of many important lines. About 40 years ago he received an offer fiom the Government of the Malay States to join their service, and accepted it, being responsible for the survey of important works in the Straits Settlements. During his stay there he acquired large interests in various rubber estates. Twenty years later he retired from actual survey work, and purchased a home at Southport, where he had resided ever since. Warrebey, his home, was well-known for the hospitality which was always shown to visitors. After his retirement he made many trips to Java and the Malay States but sold out his interests in 1925. He is survived by his widow who was the daughter of the late Mr Augustus P. Barton of Moolboolaman and Mon Repos, in the Bundaberg district, and of Walloon station, in the Dawson River district. He also leaves three daughters—Mesdames Richard Harding (Brisbane) Lorimer Dodds (Sydney), and Peter Bell (Maroon), and a brother, Mr A. D. Walsh, manager of Dalgety and Co Ltd, Brisbane, also two sisters Mrs L. R. Huxtable (Sydney), and Mrs E. A. Faulkner, who is at present residing in England. Dr. C. R. Huxtable, of Southport, is a nephew. The funeral will leave John Hislop and Sons Funeral Parlour, 17 Peel-street South Brisbane, after a short service commencing at 2.15 this afternoon for the Toowong Cemetery.

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'Walsh, Western (1862–1932)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/walsh-western-14361/text25434, accessed 18 August 2019.

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