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Matthew Fraser (Mat) Duncan (1833–1915)

Mr. Matthew Duncan, 84, an old resident of Long Gully, died yesterday in the Melbourne Hospital. He leaves four sons, one of whom is Mr. R. G. Duncan, secretary of the Hairdressers' Union. Years ago any political meeting at Long Gully was not complete without "Mat." Duncan. He was very active throughout the Berryite period of the later "Seventies"' and early "Eighties." Politicians at that period — they then called themselves Reform Leaguers and Loyal Liberals respectively — sometimes changed their parties. If "Mat." did not agree therewith his heckling at public meetings often made matters uncomfortable for the sitting member or aspiring candidate, as the case was. For several years past he was living in Melbourne.

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'Duncan, Matthew Fraser (Mat) (1833–1915)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 3 December 2023.

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25 November, 1833
Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland


17 March, 1915 (aged 81)
Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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