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Absalom Deans (1872–1954)

The Rev. Absalom Deans, former secretary of the Congregational Union of Australia and New Zealand, died in Sydney Hospital yesterday afternoon. He was 81.

Mr. Deans collapsed while supervising examinations at Sydney Technical College, Ultimo.

He was secretary of the Congregational Union of Australia and New Zealand for 22 years.

At various times he was chairman of the Congregational Union in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, and two daughters.

His sons are Alderman E. A. Deans, the Mayor of Willoughby, Dr. B. Deans, of Melbourne, and Mr. R. Deans, of Castlecrag.

His daughters are Mrs. R. Batterham, of Castlecrag, and Mrs. C. Haynes, of Adelaide.

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'Deans, Absalom (1872–1954)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 July 2024.

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7 October, 1872
Tynemouth, Northumberland, England


15 September, 1954 (aged 81)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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