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Andrew Forrester (1829–1918)

The funeral of the late Mr Andrew Forrester took place on Saturday from his late residence, 210 Doveton street, and was very largely attended. His remains were interred in the Old Cemetery. Mr  Forrester had an eventful career. For many years he followed the occupation of mill mechanic in his native town Glasgow. Arriving in Victoria in 1854, he engaged in mining on various golddiggings, after which he returned to Melbourne, and from there went to Apollo Bay, where he took on saw-mill work, subsequently returning to Ballarat and district, where he became associated with engine-driving on the mines. He was one of the founders of the Engine-drivers' Association in Ballarat of which he became secretary and held that position from its inception in 1882 till 1914, only relinquishing it on account of ill-health. On the amalgamation of the various district branches in 1887 he was appointed general secretary and retained that position until 1914. He was a man of intelligence and greatly beloved by his fellows for his unassuming, and kindly disposition. For many years he and his family have been members and constant attendants at Ebenezer Church. The minister, the Rev D. W. Smith conducted impressive services at the house and grave. Members of the Session, office-bearers, and adherents were present at the funeral in large numbers. The Federated Engine Drivers and Fireman's Association in all its branches was strongly represented, old friends of deceased coming from long distances. The coffin bearers were representative members of Ebenezer Church, viz.: Messrs J. Sinclair, Thos. Quayle, J. Blaikie, and J. Wilson. The following were the pall-bearers and other representing the F.E.D. and F. Association:—Messrs J. H. Ruby (Federal Council), E. Wall (Creswick) Executive Council, Ballarat sub-branch. Messrs W. Q Mann (president), G. Wilson (secretary), J. Welham (trustee), H. Hocking, W. Hicks J. C. Watson, W. Noble, J. Evans and W Shar- A.E.D.A., Messrs H. A. Campbell. (Session clerk), D. Anderson (treasurer). A. E. White (Ebenezer Church Session), J. Gentles. J Brown, A. Quayle (Board of Management), D Duff (Choir), W.M. Macdonald. J. Evans, D. Davies, J. C. Williams, J. Weir, J, Walker-Lee, J. Nicol, John Ross, W. G. Curnow, J. Williams, Geo. Eves, J. Joseph, E. Bromely, and W. Perkins. Messrs F. W. Barnes and Son had charge of the funeral arrangements.

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'Forrester, Andrew (1829–1918)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 July 2024.

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Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland


25 July, 1918 (aged ~ 89)
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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