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Thomas Edwin Farrar (1856–1937)

With the death of Mr. Thomas Edward Farrar, another link with the early development of Auburn and district was severed last week. Mr. Farrar, who was 82 years of age, did a great deal of the foundation work in Auburn, and was connected with almost every public body in the municipality.

Born in Bradford, England, Mr. Farrar came to Australia as a youth, and set up a tanning business at Enfield. Forty-two years ago he commenced a tannery at Silverwater.

He was Mayor of Auburn in 1904 and 1905, and was an alderman for many years. He was the first president of the Board of the Auburn District Hospital, and was one of the founders of the Auburn-Lidcombe U.F.S. Dispensary, of which he was also the first president. One of the founders of the Auburn School of Arts, he was the first president and one of the original trustees. For many years he was an active member of St. Philip's Church, where he was a churchwarden.

Retiring 15 years ago, he took up residence in Mittagong, where he also took a leading part in public life.

For the last twelve months he had resided with his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Bailey, at Hamilton, Newcastle, where his death occurred.

The funeral left St. Stephen's Church, Mittagong, for the Rowes Hill cemetery. A service was conducted by Rev. Taylor, assisted by Rev. W. J. Reboul (Auburn).

Deceased, whose wife died six years ago, is survived by three sons, Reg. (Auburn), Bert (Auburn), and Ralph (Bondi), and a daughter, Mrs. Bailey. A son, Archie, predeceased him.

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'Farrar, Thomas Edwin (1856–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 July 2024.

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Bradford, Yorkshire, England


7 June, 1937 (aged ~ 81)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

brain hemorrhage

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