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Aitken, David (1861–1914)

David Aitken, n.d.

David Aitken, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 December 1914

There was a wave of regret throughout the Western District of Victoria when the sudden and unexpected death, at Geelong, an 8th November, of Mr. David Aitken was announced. The surprise was the greater, as the deceased gentleman had done a round on the local golf links on the Saturday preceding. He was stricken with paralysis, and passed away on the Sunday night. The deceased gentleman was born at Carngham, Vic., on 14th July, 1861, and was the eldest son of the late Mr. James Aitken, manager director of Dalgety and Co. Limited, in Victoria. He received his education at the Scotch College, Melbourne, and entered the service of Dalgety, Blackwood and Co. in 1882 (which was merged into Dalgety and Co. Limited in 1884), and on 9th October, 1890, succeeded Mr. A. C. Ibbotson as manager of the Geelong branch. During his management the company began woolselling in Geelong with much success, and under his fostering care the business generally was greatly extended. The late Mr. Aitken had great interest in sport, and in his day—in the early eighties—was prominent in the football field, being captain of the Essendon Club, then in the heyday of its greatness. During his residence in Geelong he loyally supported all forms of sport, and his genial presence will be missed from many a field. The late Mr. Aitken made many friends, and was held in the highest esteem by the clients of the company, as well as by the staff, with whom he had been associated for so many years.

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David Aitken, n.d.

David Aitken, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 December 1914