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Joseph John Fernon (1888–1948)

from Catholic Weekly

Mr. Joseph John Fernon, of Burwood Heights, who died recently at Lewisham Private Hospital, aged 59 years, was a distinguished civil servant, and expert on land settlement.

At the time of his death, he was chairman of the Special Land Board conducting ballots for soldier settlement. During the recent war he was N.S.W. Chairman of the Wheat Stabilisation Committee, and after the war he became Chairman of the Local Land Boards in the northern circuit.

A native of Newtown, he was educated by the Christian Brothers at Lewisham, taught at St. Patrick's College, Goulburn for a period, entered the Lands Department, and served with distinction in the 1914-1919 War. He lived at various N.S.W. country centres and took an active part in municipal affairs.

Twin daughters of the late Mr. Fernon, Sheila and Josephine, entered the Convent of Mercy, Singleton (Sisters M. Athanasius and M. Vincent, respectively). Other members of the family are his widow (formerly Miss Olive McManus, of Morisset), and three sons (Brian, John and Neil), Another daughter, Kathleen, died in infancy. — R.I.P.

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Life Summary [details]


8 November, 1888
Erskineville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


6 September, 1948 (aged 59)
Lewisham, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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