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Harold Walter Fairfax (1871–1913)

We regret to announce the death yesterday morning of Mr Harold Walter Fairfaix, after a short illness from acute tetanus, the source of which could not be treated. Mr Fairfax was the fourth son of Sir James and Lady Fairfax, and for the last three years had been living near Young. He was 42 years of age.

The late Mr Fairfax was born in Sydney, and educated at the Sydney Grammar School. Later he graduated at Balliol College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar, at the Inner Temple, and was afterwards—in 1893—admitted to the Bar of New South Wales. For a time he was the Hon. Sir Henry Stephen's associate, and then he took up the practice of his profession. A few years ago he decided to buy the Kooringa property, near Young, and take up wheatgrowing and sheep farming, the venture proving a very successful one. For many years he held the position of honorary secretary of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children.

The late Mr Fairfax married Miss Elsie Cape, daughter of Mr A. J. Cape, of this city. The funeral will move from Elaine, New South Head-road, Double Bay, at 10 o'clock this morning, for the Mortuary Station, Regent Street, and the mourners will be conveyed by special train, leaving at 11.10 a.m. for the Congregational section of the Necropolis. A short service will be held at Elaine at 9.45 a.m.

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New South Wales, Australia


15 January, 1913 (aged ~ 42)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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