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Edward Ball (1837–1932)

from Toowoomba and Darling Down's Gazette

By the death of Mr Edward Ball, which occurred recently, one of the old pioneers of the Darling Downs has been removed. The late Mr Ball was born at Mylor, Cornwall, England, in the year 1837 and has thus attained the advanced age of 95 years. In his early life Mr Ball followed a seafaring life. In the year 1863 he landed in Brisbane, the voyage being made on the sailing ship Wyenatta. Shortly after he arrived in Brisbane he came to Toowoomba where he resided for a number of years and was later employed by the Queensland Railways on the construction of the Toowoomba-Warwick and Toowoomba-Roma railway sections. For a number of years the late Mr Ball occupied the position of railway ganger in the Dalby district until the year 1891 when he was transferred to a similar position at Oakey where he has resided for the past 41 years. In 1865 he married Miss Catherine Hayden, who predeceased him 13 years ago. He is survived by five sons, Edward and Nicholas (Brisbane), Joshua (Toowoomba), and William and Robert (Oakey) and three daughters, Mrs T. Roche, Mrs C. Henry and Mrs J. P. Malone all of Oakey. He is also survived by a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Deceased enjoyed excellent health up to the time of his death, only having been attacked with a sudden seizure from which he passed away almost immediately. The funeral which moved from his late residence, Kent Street, Oakey, was largely attended. The Rev. Osborn (Toowoomba) officiated at the graveside.

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23 July, 1837
Mylor, Cornwall, England


30 July, 1932 (aged 95)
Oakey, Queensland, Australia

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