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Edward Herbert Shackell (1868–1932)

from Argus

The news of the death of Mr Edward Herbert Shackell, which occurred yesterday evening at his home, Linlithgow road, Toorak, will be received with regret by a wide circle of personal and business friends.

Born in Echuca in 1868, Mr Shackell, whose father came to Australia in 1849, and for many years represented the constituency of Rodney in the Legislative Assembly, was educated at the Church of England Grammar School, Melbourne. After graduating in 1886, he returned to Echuca and entered the office of Shackell, White and Co, stock and station agents. Subsequently, he and his father came to Melbourne and carried on business under the name of James Shackell and Son. On the death of his father in 1899, Mr Shackell took over the business, and with his brother, Mr Harold Shackell, as partner, continued it under the name of E. H. and H. L. Shackell. When Broken Hill Associated Smelters Pty Ltd was formed Mr Shackell withdrew from the firm, which then became Edward H. Shackell and Co. This firm in 1928 was incorporated as Secretariat Pty Ltd, with Mr Shackell as managing director. As legal manager and secretary, and later director of many companies, Mr Edward Shackell became one of the most influential of Melbourne's business men, and he enjoyed the highest reputation. The large companies with which he was associated included de Bavays Treatment Co, out of which evolved Amalgamated Zinc (De Bavays) Ltd. This company later inaugurated the large undertaking of the Electrolytic Zinc Co of Australia Ltd in Tasmania, of which Mr Shackell became managing director. Other companies in the development and control of which he took an important part include the Zinc Producers' Association, Minerals Separation, Metal Manufacturers Pty Ltd, and the Electrolytic Refining Company of Port Kembla (NSW), Tasmanian Paper Company, and Tarankai Oilfields, operating in New Zealand, Gold Mines of Australia, and Mount Coolon Gold Mines. Mr Shackell was president of the Australian Mines and Metals Association during the last two years. In his business activities Mr Shackell gained the confidence of all with whom he came into contact. He was a leading accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Australia.

Mr Shackell had a large circle of friends, and he was a popular member of the Australian Athanaeum (of which he was president), Melbourne Savage, and several other clubs. He was also president of the Victorian Amateur Boxing and Wrestling Association.

In 1904 Mr Shackell married Miss Amy Adelaide Baillieu. He has left one son, and three daughters — Mrs Robert L. Wilkins, Mrs Charles Doughty (England), and Miss Sandra Shackell.

The funeral will take place this afternoon at the St Kilda Cemetery at 4 o'clock.

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'Shackell, Edward Herbert (1868–1932)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 13 July 2024.

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