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Thomas Littlejohn (1825–1906)

The death took place on Saturday night, at his residence, "Haughley," Elizabeth Bay, of Mr. Thomas Littlejohn, at the advanced age of 82 years. At the time of his death, Mr. Littlejohn was chairman of the A.M.P. Society, and in the movement for the expansion of the operations of the society he took such a keen interest that the anxiety and strenuous effort hastened the failure of his heart, which had been weak for some time. After a severe attack on Saturday, he rallied, and his family began to hope that he would recover, but early in the evening, his prostration became more severe, and he passed away, without pain, in the midst of the members of his family. His mental faculties were unimpaired to the last moment.

Mr. Littlejohn was a native of Forfar, Scotland, where he was born on June 9, 1825. Early in life he served in a branch bank in his natal place, and afterwards journeyed to London, where he remained actively employed until 1864. Then he came to Sydney to enter, as junior partner, the firm of Scott, Henderson, and Company. In addition to a number of other positions filled by Mr. Littlejohn, he was member of the council of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce for 20 years, and was chairman of that body in 1892-93. He became attached to the board of the A.M.P. Society in 1887, and since that date was a director almost without a break. After the death of Sir Joseph Abbott he was appointed chairman of the board.

The deceased gentleman married in England, his wife being Annie Austen Orsmond, a daughter of the late J. M. Orsmond, M.D., D.D. He leaves a widow, five sons, and three daughters, as follow: Mr. George Littlejohn, senior partner in the firm of Scott, Henderson, and Company, and ex-president of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce; Mr. R. S. Littlejohn, of the Public Works Department; Dr. E. S. Littlejohn, of Croydon; Mr. Arthur Littlejohn, of Messrs. Vindin and Littlejohn, solicitors; Mr. Albert Littlejohn, junior partner in the firm of Scott, Henderson, and Company; Miss A. Littlejohn, Miss Christabel Littlejohn, and Mrs. H. B. Hetherington.

Mr. Littlejohn was for many years a resident of Manly. At the local Presbyterian Church, on Sunday night, the Rev. J. Anderson Gardiner paid a sympathetic tribute to the memory of the deceased. He was for 12 years an elder of the church. At the conclusion of the service, Miss Alice Bryant played "The Dead March."

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9 June, 1825
Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland


20 January, 1906 (aged 80)
Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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