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Phillip Mesmer Newland (1875–1916)

Regret will be expressed at the death on Friday, at his residence, Knightsbridge, of Mr. Philip Mesmer Newland, a member of the firm of Young, Newland, & Ward, solicitors, of Adelaide. Mr. Newland, who was the second son of Mr. Simpson Newland, was one of the most charming of men and a fine athlete. He was equally skilful as a cricketer, footballer, and lacrosse plaver. Mr. Newland began his education at St. Peter's College and studied for the law, at the Adelaide University. He was articled to the Chief Justice (Hon. G. J. Murray) and was admitted to the bar in 1899. Shortly after the Hon. F. W. Young (Agent-General for South Australia in London) entered practice as a solicitor he was joined by Mr. Newland, and they remained in partnership until in 1911 Mr. H. T. Ward joined the firm. Mr. Newland was recognised as a Chamber lawyer and was rarely seen in the courts. He had been an invalid for the past two years. For two years prior to 1914 he resided at Balaklava and managed the local branch of the firm's business. As in Adelaide previously, Mr. Newland made himself exceedingly popular with all classes of the community at Balaklava. While he was at the University he was captain of the students' lacrosse team, and was also one of the best inter-State lacrosseurs. In the East Torrens Cricket Club he took a very active part.  He often appeared in inter-State matches and in 1906 he was selected and joined Mr. J. Darling's Australian Eleven for England as second wicketkeeper. For some time he was captain of the Norwood Football Club, and he was for years one of the most prominent members of the team. Mr. Newland left a widow and four children.

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'Newland, Phillip Mesmer (1875–1916)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 April 2024.

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20 February, 1875
Junee, New South Wales, Australia


11 August, 1916 (aged 41)
Knightsbridge, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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