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John Beaglehole (1879–1945)

Mr. John Beaglehole, a well known old and respected resident of Mt. Bryan, passed away during the early part of last week. He had not been in the best of health for some time.

Mr. Beaglehole was born on 30th November, 1879, at Helston, Cornwall, England, and was the third son of William and Margaret Beaglehole. He left school at a very early age and helped one of his relatives in his butcher's shop. Later he was apprenticed to a grocer in his home town. When he reached the age of 21 years he travelled to London and found employment there, and through keenness and energy eventually rose to the position of traveller for his firm.

In London on 21st July, 1906, he married and a little over one year later he boarded the Orient liner Cephir and landed in Australia in October 1907.

He continued to live in this country and in June 1913 found employment at Mount Bryan with Messrs Drew & Crewes, and later managed that firm's business at that centre and also became local post master. He eventually relinquished his position in Drew and Crewe's and took the position of Clerk to the old Mt. Bryan District Council.

During his time in Mt. Bryan he became keenly interested in the welfare of the locality and at one time and another was chairman of the Local Red Cross and was instrumental in raising £1,000 for that society on a Gala Day held in 1942. He was also Chairman of the Mt Bryan Soldiers' Farewell Committee, secretary of the Mount Bryan Hall Committee and secretary of the Trustees of the Hall and a Trustee. He took a keen interest in the Methodist Church and was a Trustee of that body. For many years he also carried out the duties of a J.P.

The funeral took place on 20th February, 1945, and the bearers were Messrs I. Atkin, T. Beckwith, G. Goodridge, J. Hooper, I. Jefferies and H. G. Wardle. Rev John Warren was the officiating minister.

From Mt. Bryan

We regret very much the death of one of Mt Bryan's most prominent citizens, namely Mr. John Beaglehole, who, with his wife has lived at Mt Bryan for 31 years.

Mr. Beaglehole was a keen businessman and also took a keen interest in all things pertaining to the welfare of township and district. He will be missed very much by everybody and we extend very sincere sympathy to his wife and brother.

The late Mr. Beaglehole was especially interested in everything connected with men in their Fighting Services, and was chairman of the Red Cross and Farewell Committees right up to the time of his illness.

The funeral was largely attended and there were some very fine floral tributes, among them being one from the Red Cross and FFCF, one from the Hall Committee and from the Methodist Church, of which he was a Trustee.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs C. J. Pearce & Sons, Funeral Directors, Burra.

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30 November, 1879
Helston, Cornwall, England


18 February, 1945 (aged 65)
Moonta, South Australia, Australia

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