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Archdall, Mervyn H. (1869–1925)

Many friends will learn with regret that Mr. Mervyn H. Archdall, who had been in ill-health for some time past, died at his residence, Lower Bowen terrace, New Farm, about 1.40 p.m. yesterday. During the past week his condition became very serious, and the end was not unexpected. The deceased, who was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Archdall, of Kebroyd, Indooroopilly, was born at Sunderland, Durham, on April 6, 1869. He arrived in Queensland with his parents in 1881, and was educated at the Kangaroo Point State School, under the headmastership of the late Mr. Pat. Kelly. Soon after his school days terminated he took up station life, under the late Mr. Edward Palmer, on Dotswood and Canobie. In 1894, after droving for some years, he took over the management of Yarrawonga station, in the Charleville district, where he married Miss Helen Fitzgerald, third daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. L. N. Fitzgerald, of Moongool station, Yeulba. After leaving Yarrawonga he became inspector and buyer for Messrs. Birt and Co. During the drought of 1901-2 he was manager, for the Wienholt Estates Co. at Warenda, in the Boulia district. In 1906 he rejoined the firm of Birt and Co, as inspector and manager of the stock department. Seven years later be went into businees with his nephew, the late Mr. H. P. Moloney, and in 1915 they enlarged their business by joining with the late Mr. George Jennings, and carrying on business as Preston's Ltd., South Brisbane. After the death of his co-directors—Mr. George Jennings died in June, 1917, and Mr. H. P. Moloney on June 10, 1919—Mr. Archdall had the business wound up, and went for a health trip to India. The deceased's father, the late Mr. William Archdall, was in the Customs Department, Brisbane, and his brother, the late Mr. W. R. Archdall, was for many years Commissioner of Taxation. He leaves a widow, one daughter (Mrs. R. H. Greenwood, of Brisbane), and three sons (Messrs. Nugent, Hewan and Mervyn Archdall). The funeral (motor service) will move from the deceased's late residence at 11 o'clock this morning for the Toowong Cemetery.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • funeral, Brisbane Courier, 26 December 1925, p 6
  • probate, Brisbane Courier, 17 April 1926, p 6

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'Archdall, Mervyn H. (1869–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 4 December 2022.

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