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Mervyn J. Allum (1912–1927)

from Sydney Morning Herald

The funeral of Mervyn John Allum, who died from injuries received through having been attacked by a shark at Port Hacking on Monday, took place yesterday afternoon, the remains being interred in the Presbyterian section of the Necropolis. Prior to the funeral a service was conducted at Andrew's funeral parlours, Liverpool-road, Ashfield, by Canon Goddard; and the deep sympathy felt for the parents and relatives of the deceased was expressed by the very large number of residents who lined the street in the vicinity. Members of the 1st Ashfield Boy Scouts (of which deceased was a member) and the 1st Dulwich Hill Troop, to which his heroic comrade belongs, acted as pall bearers.

The principal mourners were Mr. Leslie L. W. Allum (father) and Wynnes, Barry, and Vivienne (brother and sisters), Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Allum, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Allum, Mr. and Mrs. Clare Ivan Allum, Mr. and Mrs. Sep. Allum, and Miss Maude Bacon (uncles and aunts); Master Stanley Gibbs and his father and mother.

Among others who attended were Mr. C. W. C. Marr, Acting Minister for Defence, Alderman Milton L. Jarvie, M.L.A. (also representing Marrickville Council), and Mr. J. T. Ness, M.L.A. The Boy Scouts' Association was represented by Mr. Kelso King (chairman of the State executive), District Commissioner A. J. Williams, Mr. A. Marchand (West Sydney District). Among others were Mr. Donald Campbell (who took the victim and his rescuer from the water), Mr. J. Barron (representing William Adams and Co., Ltd.), Mr. A. J. Friendship (representing the City Mutual Fire Insurance Company), and many residents of Ashfield, where the Allum family has resided for more than 70 years.

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'Allum, Mervyn J. (1912–1927)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 26 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]




3 January, 1927 (aged ~ 15)
Port Hacking, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

shark attack

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.