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Eccles, Charles Edward (1876–1950)

The death occurred in Perth yesterday at the age of 76 years, of Mr. Charles Edward Eccles, a former town clerk of Kalgoorlie. Mr. Eccles, who retired from the position of town clerk in 1939 after holding office for 29 years, suffered a heart attack on Saturday. He was admitted to hospital and died about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He is survived by a his widow, who resides at Forrest street, Cottesloe, and a grown up family of five daughters.

Mr. Eccles was born in Brisbane on July 18, 1874. He was educated in Victoria, graduating at the University of Melbourne. He came to Western Australia in 1894, soon after the discovery of gold at Coolgardie and prospected in the Murchison district. He later worked in the mines at Day Dawn before coming to Kalgoorlie in 1896, where he entered the office of Mr. R. M. Stow, barrister and solicitor.

After two years he accepted an appointment in the Kalgoorlie office of Messrs. Connor, Doherty and Durack, with whom he remained, for five years. In 1905 he entered the employment of the Kalgoorlie Municipal Council in the electric light department, and, after having fulfilled five years' service he successfully applied for the position of town clerk when the vacancy occurred. He was married in the same year (1910), his wife being Alice, daughter of the late Mr. Frederick Rose, of Victoria.

Mr. Eccles had a distinguished record with the municipality, the civic affairs of the town during his term of office making great progress and the municipality becoming one of the most prosperous in the Commonwealth.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), 22 December 1950, p 4

Citation details

'Eccles, Charles Edward (1876–1950)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/eccles-charles-edward-31924/text39380, accessed 21 September 2021.

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