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Ettershank, John (1832–1912)

Mr. Ettershank, who was born over eighty years ago near Glasgow, died last month at Scotsbridge, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England. As a young man he followed the profession of a civil engineer and emigrated to Australia in the fifties, being attracted by the gold diggings. He began work on the Ballarat fields, subsequently visiting all the other fields. Later on he established a business in Ballarat as a stock and station agent, and in due time founded the well-known firm of Ettershank, Eaglestone and Co., afterwards Ettershank, Eaglestone and Mann, from active association with which he retired in the late eighties. Mr. Ettershank was connected with the construction of the Alfred Graving Dock, Williamstown, Melbourne, for which, with a partner, he took the contract from the Government.

About the year 1868 he bought at auction the East Loddon Estate, near Inglewood, Victoria, which he held in partnership with his brother-in-law (Mr. John Hunter Patterson) until recently, when a policy of gradual subdivision was instituted, the bulk of the property being sold, in comparatively small areas to desirable settlers.

The late Mr. Ettershank married Miss Jane Patterson, who, however, as well as their six children, predeceased him, the youngest daughter, Mrs. S. C. Hopper, having died only two months ago.

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