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Arthur Edwin Dengate (1878–1918)

After an illness extending over six months, Mr. Arthur Edwin Dengate. well known in Granville, passed away at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, on Saturday evening at the age of 40 years. He leaves a sorrowing wife (who before her marriage was Miss Clare Gough) and little daughter. He was a resident of Granville for many years, and worked as an engineer at the works of the Clyde Engineering Co. He was secretary of the Granville branch of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, and a few years ago was elected to the municipal council. He took an active part in public matters and proved himself a useful citizen. Eventually he received the appointment of organiser of the society in New South Wales, and he removed his residence to Sydney. At the time of his illness he resided in Church Street, Canterbury. At the last central election for the State Parliament he stood for the electorate of St. George in the interests of the P.L.L, but was badly defeated by Mr. Bagnall, the Nationalist candidate. He took a prominent part in the great strike last year and was a member of the defence committee. He addressed meetings in the Granville electorate. He was not usually a man of extreme views. He proved a very popular secretary and organiser of his society, and was personally well liked by the whole of the members. He was generally regarded as a 'white man.' His decease is a distinct loss to the society. Deceased was also an old member of Sir Walter Scott Masonic Lodge (Granville). The funeral took place on Monday afternoon and was largely attended, the remains being laid to rest in the Church of England cemetery, Rookwood. The Rev. H. W. Barder, of St. John's, Parramatta, officiated at the grave-side. The attendance of members of deceased's old lodge and sister Masonic lodges was large, and the Masonic service was read by Bro. W. Horton Young (Worshipful Master of Sid W. Scott lodge), assisted by Bro. W. Duncan. At the conclusion of the church and Masonic services, Mr. John Gale (of the Granville branch of the Amalgamated Engineers), a near and dear friend of deceased, said a few words in appreciation of his labours to advance the society and the welfare of his fellow men. He never knew a more genuine friend.

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Additional Resources

  • photo, Mirror (Sydney), 11 August 1917, p 1
  • funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 June 1918, p 7
  • appreciation, Cumberland Argus (Parramatta, NSW), 29 June 1918, p 2

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Life Summary [details]


Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


22 June, 1918 (aged ~ 40)
Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

surgical complications

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Key Organisations
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