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Lockyer, Alfred Brooks (1850–1908)

from Northam Advertiser

By the demise of Mr. A. B. [Alfred Brooks] Lockyer this district has sustained an almost irreparable loss. As a man there was none more popular than deceased; as a friend none more trusty. His advice and words of encouragement endeared him to all who came in contact with him, whilst his actions, which were always above suspicion, showed that trait of the dignity of manhood and honesty. As a public man his loss will be keenly felt. He took a prominent part in all matters pertaining to the progress of the district. As a son of Western Australia he was patriotic, and predicted a bright future for the State in which he was born, and by a vigorous policy of development on his own property showed that he at least intended to help on that event. He was a keen sportsman, and the name of Lockyer on the racecourse, was sufficient to warrant straight going. Of the local football club there was no more ardent supporter, and his well-known figure will be greatly missed at future matches. He was one of the trustees of the Goomalling Agricultural Hall, a trustee and honorary member of the Loyal Goomalling Lodge — M.U.I.O.O.F., and held many other important positions. He was also a Justice of the Peace for the Northam district. His interests in this district were very large and by his capable management have grown year by year till he was one of the largest agriculturists and pastoralists in the. district. The remains were interred in the Northam cemetery on Wednesday last. The cortege left the residence of the deceased (Chatham Farm) at 7 o'clock, and proceeded by road. The respect in which he was held was shown by the large number who followed his remains to their last resting place. The procession, which was nearly three-quarters of a mile long, was met at the Doctor's Hill by the Messrs. H. & H. Withnell (who had charge of the funeral arrangements), who removed the coffin, which was a massive polished jarrah one, to the hearse, and the cortege, headed by the members of the Goomalling and Northam M.U.I.O.O.F., wended its way to the cemetery, where the last rites were performed by the Rev. R. H. Moore, and the impressive ceremony of the Oddfellows was carried out by Bro. W. Williams, N.G. of the Goomalling Lodge. The chief mourners were the sons of the deceased, Messrs. Edward, Arnold, Horace, George and Joseph, and his brother (Mr. A. E. Lockyer), son-in-law (Mr. A. Lockyer), and nephew (Mr. George Lockyer). The pall-bearers — all old friends, and closely connected in public matters with the deceased— were Messrs. R. Eaton senr., W. G. Eaton, J. Williams, J. Giblett, G. Slater, A. J.. Hoddy, W. White, M. Coomer, W. J. Stewart.

Wreaths were sent by the following friends:— Mr. and Mrs. Roy Forward, Rev. Weldon, Rev. Father O'Connor and R.C. Committee, Rev. A. E. Woodruff, Mrs. Shean, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Eaton, A. J . Hoddy and Family,  Mr. F. Cairns, Mrs. W. Hitchcock and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. French, Mr. and Mrs. Forward and Family (Dowerin), Ernest and Helena, Mr and Mrs. Geo. Slater and Family, Mr. and Mrs. John Eaton, Edie and Arnold, Goomalling Football Club, Northam Race Club, Mr. J. F. Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Murphy (wreath and glass dome), Uncle, Aunt, and Cousins Lockyer (wreath and dome), Goomalling Progress Association, Mr and Mrs. W. J. Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Bourke and Family, Mr. and Mrs. H. Slater and Family, Mr. and Mrs. S. Bloxsidge, Mr. Platt, Mr. A. S. Munyard, Officers Loyal Goomalling Lodge Oddfellows, Goomalling Road Board, Goomalling Board of Health, Goomalling Race Club, Mr and Mrs. Chitty and Family (Batbatting), Mr. and Mrs I. E. McCreerv, Federal Football Club (wreath and dome), Harry and Gwen, Mr. and Mrs. W. White and Family, Goomalling Football Association, Mr. J and Mrs. Hennessy, Mabel and Joan, Goomalling School Children, Mr. and Mrs. G. Somers, Rovers Football Club, H. & H. Withnell, Mrs. C. M. Withnell and Family, Mumberkine Football Club, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. French, Mr. and Mrs. C. Glass, Mr. and Mrs. Sheen and Family, Mr. and Mrs. McKay, Elliott and Annie, Mr. I and Mrs. Coomer and Family, Mr and Mrs. F. Rose, Gordon D. Alton, Herbert and Maud.

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'Lockyer, Alfred Brooks (1850–1908)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/lockyer-alfred-brooks-32206/text39823, accessed 7 December 2022.

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