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Weedon, Aubrey (1850–1936)

Aubrey Weedon, c. 1923 photographer unknown

Aubrey Weedon, c. 1923 photographer unknown

Examiner (Launceston), 15 June 1936, p 6

MR. A. WEEDON Death in 87th Year' The death took place at a Launceston private hospital yesterday morning of Mr. Aubrey Weedon, who was the third son of the late Charles James Weedon, also of Launceston. In his 87th year, Mr. Weedon had been in weak health for some time. He was educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School and in his youth took a keen interest in seafaring life. When quite young he made several trips across Bass Strait in the brig Mercury, and at the age of 15 he left in the barque Star of Peace for England, where the joined the Panama and Australian Steam ship Company as fourth officer on the Rakala, trading between Panama, New Zealand, and Sydney. In those days the mails from England were carried via Panama, but when the Suez Canal was opened, the company closed down. Mr. Weedon returned home.

He joined the staff of the Launceston and Western Railway Company, and when the line was taken over by the Government in 1872, be came cashier, paymaster, and storage keeper, holding this position until some years after the purchase of the main line by the Government in 1890. At this time the positions were separated island he became cashier and paymaster for Northern Tasmania. He held this position until his retirement at the age of 73, completing 53 years' railway service.

For a period after the death of Mr. R. V. Lord in 1885, Mr. Weedon acted as deputy manager until the arrival of Mr. F. Back from New Zealand in 1886.

A keen sportsman, Mr. Weedon took a prominent part in shooting, fishing, anod coursing in his younger days, More recently he was connected with the East Launceston Bowling Club, and played casually until a few months ago.

Mr. Weedon married the daughter of the late James Lord, of Hobart. vile. His wife predeceased him some years ago, but he leaves a family, of three—Mr. A. L. Weedon, who recently retired from the staff of the Bank of Australasia, Mr. C. P, Weedon, of Sydney, and Miss Francis Weedon.

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'Weedon, Aubrey (1850–1936)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/weedon-aubrey-22333/text32111, accessed 22 April 2019.

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