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Scott, Samuel William (?–1939)

Mr. Samuel William Scott, proprietor of the Camperdown Herald, and an esteemed resident of the town for nearly half a century, passed away suddenly at his residence, Walls Street, Camperdown, at an early hour on Sunday morning.

The late Mr. Scott was born at Gympie, Queensland, and commenced his newspaper career on the staff of the Gympie Times. At the age of 22 years he migrated south, and was located in Melbourne for a brief period, where he married.

About 47 years ago he transferred to the Western District. He served for seven and a half years on the Cobden Times, and for a further seven years on the staff of the Chronicle at Camperdown. He then entered into business on his own account as proprietor of the Herald, which he had conducted up to the time of his death.

He served the Camperdown Pastoral and Agricultural Society for a period of about 35 years, relinquishing that office in July, 1936, when he was succeeded by the present secretary (Mr. A. G. Gunner). In the early days he also acted as honorary secretary of the Camperdown Mechanics' Institute and the Camperdown Horticultural Society at different times.

A man of an unassuming nature, and of a genial and friendly disposition, the late Mr. Scott was as well-known as he was widely esteemed, and his sudden death has come as a severe blow to his surviving relatives, and to the many friends privileged to have known him.

He is survived by his wife and a family of four sons and three daughters and 13 grand-children, to all of whom the deepest sympathy will be extended. The surviving sons are: Mr. Leslie Scott, who is assistant town-clerk at Moonee Ponds; Mr. Lindsay Scott, who is attached to the railway staff and is stationed at Maffra; Mr. Walter Scott, who is a member of the Australian navy, and is stationed at the Flinders Naval Base; and Mr. Pat Scott, of Camperdown. The surviving daughters are Mrs. F. Grayland and Mrs. M. Murnane (Terang) and Mrs. C. Bateman (Bostock's Creek).

The interment took place at the Camperdown cemetery yesterday afternoon, where Mr. M. A. Tremewan conducted the last rites. Coffin-bearers were: Messrs. P. Scott and W. Scott (sons), M. Murnane, F. Grayland, C. Bateman (sons-in-law) and S. Grayland (grandson); and the pall was carried by Messrs. A. G. Gunner. N. C. Podger, D. Cuthbert, Patrick McMahon. C. Lock. G. Cowley, A. Hateley and Peter McMahon.

Messrs. Collie and Brennan conducted the funeral arrangements.

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