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John Denison Beeston (1861–1918)

Newcastle to-day mourns the death of Mr. John Denison Beeston, one of the best known and most popular citizens. He passed away last night at his residence, Church street, his illness, as stated in yesterday's issue of 'The Newcastle Sun,' being sudden and unexpected.

The deceased, who was a native of Newcastle, born 67 years ago, was a son of the late Mr. J. L. Beeston. He was shipping manager for the A. A. Company for many years, having entered the employ of the company when a lad, his service extending over 40 years. When he began his career in the office, Newcastle's coal Industry was limited to the output from about half a dozen collieries within easy distance of the city, totalling sometimes less than 25,000 tons weekly. Mr. Beeston, however, lived to see the mines increase in all directions near Newcastle and in the South Maitland districts. His knowledge of the coal industry was extensive, while his store house of memories about his early days here was interesting and instructive, as he was associated with many public movements which brought him in contact with representatives from every class.

From his earliest times, Mr. Beeston, like his father, was a lover of cricket, always taking his share of the honorary work attached to either his own club or that of the Newcastle District Cricket Association. He played in many matches, and also witnessed most of the matches in which All England, Australians, or intercolonial men took part on the old cricket ground on Cook's Hill.

As a Mason, he was a keen and enthusiate. He was a genial companion; a sin-interest in the affairs of his lodge (St. George), in which he passed through all offices. He was a frequent visitor at installations in subordinate lodges in the district, where his advice and counsel were always respected. He was also an old member of Newcastle Bowling Club.

In every walk of life Mr. Beeston won the, esteem and confidence of his associates. He was a genial companion, a sincere friend, and an agreeable colleague, and the sympathy of all who knew him is extended to his widow, two sons, and two daughters. He was a brother of Dr. J. L. Beeston, C.M.G. The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon.

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2 August, 1861
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


15 August, 1918 (aged 57)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

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