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Alfred Ferdinand Pries (1865–1940)

from South-Western News

A motor accident, in which two widely known and much respected Busselton residents were involved, took place in Perth on Saturday afternoon, March 16. Mrs. A. M. B. Bunbury and her brother, Mr. Alfred F. Pries, were proceeding citywards when, at the intersection of Bennett and Wellington Streets, their car was struck by an other motor vehicle. Mrs. Bunbury received severe lacerations and bruises while Mr. Pries was injured internally. Both were conveyed to a private hospital, where their condition was found to be serious.

Mr. Pries, who had been in indifferent health for a considerable time, suffered severely from shock, and that, coupled with other injuries, rendered his case particularly grave. He never actually rallied and passed on the following Monday evening.

Deceased was one of Busselton's oldest residents, being born here seventy year ago. In early life he was employed in the Post and Telegraph Department, and over a lengthy period filled the position of postmaster in this town. Subsequently he was transferred to the goldfields and became associated with life in the outback centres.

Retiring from the civil service, he returned to Busselton, where he spent the remainder of his days. He took a keen interest in all matters affecting the welfare of the town and served on the Municipal Council for a number of terms. Over a very long period he was associated with the Southern Districts Agricultural Society and with his brother, Mr. A H. Pries, was one of the main exhibitors and prize winners for upwards of a quarter of a century. He was one of the earliest members of the Busselton Bowling Club, and when health permitted gave freely of his time to the care of the greens and the general advancement of the game. In later years his hobby turned in the direction of the breeding and racing of thoroughbred horses, and with his sister, Mrs. A. M. R. Bunbury, to whom he was particularly devoted, enjoyed the pleasure which accompanies the success of high grade animals. Much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved relatives.

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Other Obituaries for Alfred Ferdinand Pries

Additional Resources

  • death notice, West Australian, 20 March 1940, p 1
  • funeral, West Australian, 21 March 1940, p 7
  • probate, Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), 5 June 1940, p 3

Citation details

'Pries, Alfred Ferdinand (1865–1940)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


Busselton, Western Australia, Australia


18 March, 1940 (aged ~ 75)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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