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George Rawdon Selth (1844–1898)

In the death of Mr. George Rawdon McLean Selth, which occurred at the Adelaide Hospital on Saturday, November 12, a well-known and useful career was brought to a close. The deceased gentleman was a native of Adelaide, having been born in Rundle-street in 1844. His education, which was intended to qualify him for commercial pursuits, was received at Mr. Young's school, and subsequently at St. Peter's College. He entered business at an early age, choosing Port Adelaide as the centre of his enterprise. Here he conducted a shipping agency, and also acted as the representative of Messrs. D. & W. Murray. To his energy the Port owes many of its features of interest, including the markets, and he was largely instrumental in securing the local tramway. After a number of years spent in the Port, he entered business at the city as a hotel broker, and the excellent reputation for straightforward honesty and integrity which he had made for himself materially assisted in building up a connection in the new sphere of his activity. Socially he was genial and excellent company, and being possessed of a good deep bass voice, he was in frequent requisition as a singer and his assistance was cheerfully len to amateur concerts. He was for many years a member of St Paul's choir. In 1893 he suffered from a paralytic seizure, which necessitated his retirement from business and although he never regained the full use of his limbs, he so far recovered as to be able, two years ago, to join his son-in-law, Mr. C. W. G. Woods, in the hotel broking business, in which he continued until the time of his death. Six weeks ago he was again seized with paralysis, and after treatment by his family physician, was removed to the Adelaide Hospital, where he died. The funeral, which took place at West-terrace Cemetery on Sunday last, was largely attended, the service being conducted by Canon Sunter. The deceased leaves a widow, two sons, and three daughters.

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