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Ross, Alexander (1870–1905)

Mr. Alexander Ross, solicitor, who left Braidwood some short time since to try what a change of air would do in improving his health, and who, after a brief time spent at Katoomba, went into the St. Vincent Hospital in Sydney, and afterwards proceeded to his parents' residence at Palmer's Island, Clarence River, died on Saturday morning last. Mr. G. F. Taylor received a telegram from his mother conveying the sad intelligence. Mr. Ross was in a very low state when he left Braidwood, so much so that his mother was communicated with and at once came up to see him, this being the second time she had occasion to visit him on account of his illness. After he left the Hospital the first time he became ill he seemed to improve a good deal and was able to attend to business again, but it was only a short time before he experienced a relapse and as a last resort it was deemed advisable to try what a change to some other place would do for him. It was intended when he left here to take him home, but he was too weak to undertake the sea voyage and had to go into the hospital again where after the most skilful treatment by Dr. Harvey Scott all hope of his recovery was despaired of, and he was taken away to close his days on this earth in the home of his youth and his birth place. During the eleven or twelve years he resided in Braidwood and practised his profession, he was very popular and took an active part in all public matters, besides making a name for himself as a solicitor and building up a large practice. He was hon. secretary for the Hospital for some years, filling the same position on the committee of the Literary Institute, was hon. secretary for the examinations in connection with the London College of Music, was secretary of the Presbyterian Church, he being a member of that denomination, and was for some years an alderman, and took his turn in filling the position of Mayor. Before his health broke down he was in fact a great factor in almost everything that took place, and there was no movement scarcely in anything, Shows, races, and what not, in which he did not take a part. Socially no man could be more esteemed ! he was a general favorite. He was about 35 years of age, and unmarried. His death in the prime of life is deeply regretted throughout the length and breadth of the district.

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'Ross, Alexander (1870–1905)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/ross-alexander-16642/text28541, accessed 18 June 2021.

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