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John Ambrose Kitchen (1835–1922)

Mr. John Ambrose Kitchen, managing director of J. Kitchen and Sons Proprietary, Limited, Melbourne, whose death occured at his residence, East Malvern, on Wednesday, in his 88th year, arrived in Victoria 68 years ago. Mr. Kitchen was educated as a solicitor in Reading, England, and came to Australia in 1854, where he was shortly joined by his father and brothers, Phillp and Theo. In 1856 they together commenced the manufacture of candles, and this initial effort, under the guidance of the deceased, has developed into the large manufacturing business which is now carried on by the firm. Besides this business, Mr. Kitchen planted and owned a large apple orchard, and took a prominent part in the shipping of apples from Australia to Europe.

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  • probate, Argus (Melbourne), 3 July 1922, p 6

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'Kitchen, John Ambrose (1835–1922)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 July 2024.

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February, 1835
Watlington, Oxfordshire, England


24 May, 1922 (aged 87)
Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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