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Edward Duckett (1826–1902)

By the death of Mr. Edward Duckett, which took place yesterday, a prominent and esteemed figure in the commercial life of Melbourne has been removed. Mr. Duckett arrived in Melbourne in 1849, and started business as a farrier, and with the late Benjamin Lee and John Pascoe Fawkner, he built the first hansom cab ever seen in the streets of Melbourne. Subsequently he started business at Kirk's Bazaar, and in a very short time amassed a competency, and retired. In 1856 he founded the well known business of Edward Duckett and Sons, general iron- mongers, and with this business he was honourably associated up to the time of his death. Mr. Duckett, who was 75 years of age, leaves a widow and grown up family.

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'Duckett, Edward (1826–1902)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 July 2024.

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22 December, 1826
Giggleswick, Yorkshire, England


19 September, 1902 (aged 75)
South Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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