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Charles Ernest Cowle (1863–1922)

Mr. Charles Ernest Cowle died suddenly at Belair from heart failure, after a long illness, on Sunday. He was born on October 2, 1863, and he was the second son of the late Mr. Charles Tobin Cowle, formerly manager of the English, Scottish and Australian Bank. He was educated at the Collegiate School of St. Peter, and after some time in the banking profession, found an open life more to his liking, and was appointed to the charge of the police at Illamurta, Northern Territory, beyond Alice Springs, which post he occupied for many years prior to his retirement in 1903, owing to illness. He was associated with many notable cases, and he was always regarded as an able and efficient officer, but apart from his work he was keenly interested in exploration, ethnology, botany, and natural history. Although he wrote no books and delivered no lectures he was regarded as an authority, as is testified by the acknowledgments of the members of the Horn Expedition, of the late Mr. F. J. Gillen and of Professor Sir Baldwin Spencer. He will, however, always be remembered, best for himself. Quiet, modest, good natured, with a rare sense of humor, and a love for his fellow men, he was universally loved, and everywhere, both in the bush and out of it, he was respected, trusted, and admired. He leaves two brothers, Messrs. Felix and Gerald Cowle, and three sisters, Mrs. J. F. C. Anderson, Lady Symon, and Mrs. Edmund Bowman.

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