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Leonard Frederick Pries (1867–1892)

from Inquirer & Commercial News

I regret having to report the death of Mr. L. F. [Leonard Frederick] Pries, a short notice of which I sent you by telegram. The sad event occurred about 3 o'clock on Sunday last at the residence of his parents, from typhoid fever which he contracted during his recent visit to the Murchison goldfields. The funeral, which took place on Tuesday morning, was a very numerous one; the pallbearers being Messrs. Cookworthy, R. Gale, Chas. Layman, R. J. Lepper, and Yelverton (representing the Freemasons). The chief mourners were Mr. R. F. Pries (father of the deceased), and Messrs. A. R. Pries, E. A. Pries, Albert and Alfred Pries (brothers). Among the followers were Messrs. Back, Barnard, Hough, and Hogan (Freemasons) in their regalia. The church was crowded, and the choir sang the 289th hymn 'Days and moments quickly flying,' also the 399th hymn 'When our heads are bowed with woe.' After the prayers were read at the the grave the Rev. Mr. Hawthorne, rector, delivered a short but suitable address. The coffin, which was richly ornamented, was literally covered with wreaths and crosses, placed there by friends from all parts of the district. The deceased young man, as I have already stated in my telegram, was universally respected by all who knew him. When quite a youth he entered the service of the late W. A. Timber Company as assistant storeman, and shortly afterwards he was promoted to charge of the store at Goodwood, where he remained until long after the Company ceased working. Finding that there was no chance of the Company making a fresh start he entered the service of Mr. M. C. Davies as storeman at Boranup, and remaining in that employment until a short time since, when he made up his mind to try his luck at the Murchison goldfields, in company with Messrs. Salom and Vines. They, however, found that gold digging was not such an easy matter as they imagined, and deceased and his mates made up their minds to return. Upon their arrival in Perth Mr. Salom took ill of fever and stayed there, but Messrs. Pries and Vines came on by the same steamer to the Vasse. Upon arrival at the Vasse Mr. Pries was well enough to undertake the duty of passing some tuart timber there ready for shipment, but a few days afterwards he began to sicken again and had to take to his bed, from which he never rose. Much sympathy is manifested here for his parents and family.

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'Pries, Leonard Frederick (1867–1892)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


12 August, 1867
Busselton, Western Australia, Australia


15 May, 1892 (aged 24)
Busselton, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

typhoid fever

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