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Walter Alexander Sharp (1875–1937)

E H.T. writes: A son of one of the earliest Labour members (for Redfern), of the Dibbs regime Walter Sharp grew up in an atmosphere neither of luxury nor ease, but of stern and Spartan effort. His career was an astonishment (and a benediction) to his parents. Unaided, he took his Arts degree, striving by 'coaching' and a draftsman's tiny salary to acquire means for learning from Sydney's Alma Mater. He obtained his B.A., and, still coaching, went through the medical course and thereafter became, for a season a country medico at Candelo and elsewhere. Thereafter, he was a post-qraduate student at Berlin and Paris. Kindness, urbanity, and charity linked themselves in him with a master's skill. Many a poor patient remembered him in deep gratitude. He was widely read and with a deeply religious outlook. Nor did he think the path of civic duty, as an alderman, unworthy of his time and energies—for years he thus served at Vaucluse. His buoyant step, cheerful heart, wide humanity, were in age the fitting culmination of a youth high and noble.

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Life Summary [details]


September, 1875
London, Middlesex, England


9 November, 1937 (aged 62)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

kidney disease

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