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Charles Arthur (Charlie) Lee (1872–1934)

The body of Charles Arthur Lee, 62, journalist, of Pittwatcr Road, Collaroy, who had been missing since Tuesday, was recovered from the water at North Harbor shortly after noon yesterday by Constables Toyer and Baxter, of the Water Police.

The late Mr. Lee was known to suffer from loss of memory, but the police can give no explanation of how he met his death. The body had apparently been in the water only a short time.

Widely-known and esteemed by his fellow journalists, the late Mr. Lee became an active member of the Australian Journalists' Association at a time when that body was anathema to the newspaper proprietors. He was a sterling fighter and figured prominently in many conquests for the betterment of journalists' conditions.

From Broken Hill, the late Mr. Lee graduated to Sydney journalism and joined the staff of the then "Daily Telegraph." As this paper's Labor roundsman he was scrupulously fair in his reports, and this fact, combined with the fine personal qualities of the man, quickly won for him the respect of the entire Trades Hall. Gentlemanly and unassuming, he was a popular figure in industrial circles.

As a member of the Australian Journalists' Association the late Mr. Lee served on the N.S.W. District Committee, and as a State and Federal president. For these services and his constant concern for the welfare of the association and its members he was presented with the gold honor badge of the association.

When the late Mr. Lee retired from active journalism a few years ago because his memory had commenced to fail him, he was a member of the staff of "The Labor Daily."

The late Mr. Lee was unmarried.

The funeral will leave 'Carter's Parlors, Oxford Street, Woollahra, for the Botany cemetery at 2.30 this afternoon.

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'Lee, Charles Arthur (Charlie) (1872–1934)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/lee-charles-arthur-charlie-34227/text42948, accessed 19 June 2024.

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