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Allan MacVean (1824–1896)

On Monday last, one of the oldest residents in Brunswick, the Rev. Allan MacVean departed this life at the ripe age of 72 years. The deceased has been the minister of the Presbyterian Church for upwards of 50 years, and was not only highly esteemed by his own congregation, but by all whom he came in contact with. He was often called the father of Brunswick. On Wednesday the remains were taken to the kirk, where an impressive funeral service was conducted in the presence of a very large congregation. The hymn No. 389 "When the day of toil is done" commenced the service, after which the 19th psalm was read. The Rev. McKenzie then offered up a very sympathetic prayer, which was followed by another hymn. The service concluded by the Rev. Logan offering up prayer, and as the cortege left the church "The Dead March in Saul" was played on the organ. The funeral procession was a very lengthy one, upwards of 100 persons marched in front of the hearse, and a great number of private carriages and public vehicles followed the mourning coaches. A memorial service will take place tomorrow week.

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16 August, 1824
Ardgour, Argyll, Scotland


15 June, 1896 (aged 71)
Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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