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Ludolph Theodore Mellin (1826–1895)

A face well known in the city for the past 40 years has vanished. Mr. Ludolph Theodore Mellin breathed his last on the 5th instant, at his residence, Kensington-road, Summer Hill. The deceased was a native of Brunswick, and he had reached his 69th year. Soon after his arrival in Sydney, 40 years ago, he started the first illustrated paper. He then went to Goulburn, established the Chronicle newspaper, sold it, and returned to Sydney and joined the late Mr. Cunninghame in the printing and publishing business which was conducted as Cunninghame and Co. As most of the ecclesiastical publishing for many years past has been done at the Pitt-street house, Mr. Mellin was brought into personal contact with Archbishop Polding, Archbishop Vaughan, and his Eminence the Cardinal-Archbishop, all of whom greatly respected him for his manliness and integrity. Nearly every line written by Archbishop Vaughan in the way of pastorals, pamphlets, and addresses passed through his hands, and the remark applies to most of the Cardinal's literary productions in Sydney. Mr. Mellin remained at the head of the business, which prospered under his management, till illness began to shake his strong frame a few months ago. He had been confined to his bed for the past month, and passed peacefully away on Sunday night, having been prepared for the end by Father Thomas Long, of Lewisham. Mr. Mellin, before making his home at Summer Hill, had resided at 'Eudale,' Glebe Point. He married Annie Cunninghame, daughter of the late Francis Cunninghame, and leaves six daughters. The eldest is married to Dr. E. Neithardt, residing at Hong Kong, and another is married to Mr. Thomas O'Sullivan, a well-known solicitor of Brisbane, The Very Rev. Dr. O'Haran (secretary to the Cardinal) officiated at the burial on Tuesday, An immense number of wreaths and floral crosses and hearts were placed on the grave, including those from the family and those from the Misses Ferris, Mrs. Brennan, Misses St. Julian, Mrs. Moore, Mr. J. Duggan, Mr. Chas. St. Julian, Mr. T. Ferris, Mr. and Mrs. Lanigan, and others.

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'Mellin, Ludolph Theodore (1826–1895)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 June 2024.

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Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany


5 May, 1895 (aged ~ 69)
Summer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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