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Alexander Ireland (1833–1919)

Mr. Alexander Ireland, an old and respected resident of Hobart, died on Saturday morning. Mr. Ireland left Scotland for Tasmania in the year 1854 to open a school in connection with Chalmers Church, and arrived at Hobart in February, 1855, and carried on the school so successfully that he was compelled to move to larger premises at the corner of Macquarie and Harrington streets. From there he went to still larger buildings in Davey street, now the site of the Girls' Industrial School, and on this building being sold he built the Scotch College at the corner of Elizabeth and Brisbane streets. In 1861 he published a geography and history of Oceania, which was used in most of the large schools throughout Australia. He also went in for mining speculation, and was a director of several companies. For many years he also carried on the Central Hobart Mission. For the last twelve years Mr. Ireland had been leading a very retired life, owing to failing health. The deceased leaves a son (Dr. Ireland) and four daughters.

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26 July, 1833
Ferry Port on Craig, Fife, Scotland


20 December, 1919 (aged 86)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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