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Robert Stewart (Bobbie) Hastie (1861–1914)

The death is announced of Mr. Robert Hastie, who was Minister for Justice, Mines and Labour in the Daglish Ministry in West Australia during 1901 and 1905.

(The late Mr. Hastie was born in Glasgow in 1861. About 37 years ago he decided to visit New Zealand, and see if the Antipodes offered better opportunities for advancement. Five years were spent in the North Island, Mr. Hastie being mainly engaged during that time in prospecting. In 1890 he left New Zealand and went to Victoria, where he remained for five years, and in the beginning of 1895 he came to West Australia. Early in 1897 he assisted to form the first Boulder Literary Society, a little institution which numbered among its members several gentlemen who afterwards achieved Parliamentary honours. But Mr. Hastie's main work was performed at Kanowila. There he represented the Amalgamated Workers' Association, and it was due to the enthusiasm he threw into his labours that the association became a powerful organisation. In 1901 he was elected to represent Kanowna in the Legislative Council [ie Assembly], and his popularity was indicated by the fact that the other candidates who contested the seat lost their deposits. During the past few years Mr. Hastie had been in failing health, and took little part in public affairs.)

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Robert Hastie

Robert Hastie

Western Mail, 17 April 1914, p 30

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27 July, 1861
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland


9 April, 1914 (aged 52)
Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (tongue)

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