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Smith, Alexander (1854–1911)

Mr. Alexander Smith, a well-known business man of Balmain, died at his residence, Craig Royston, Jane-street, on Tuesday, at the age of 57. Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, Mr. Smith came to New South Wales when a young man, and, starting for himself in Balmain about 23 years ago, it was not long before he laid the foundation of a successful business. He was an enthusiastic Scot, and was long identified with the Highland Society, of which he was vice-president. Being an Ayrshire man, he was a great admirer of Burns, and was a member of the club named in honour of the poet. Deceased was a member of St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Philip-street, city. The Rev. John Ferguson yesterday conducted a service at deceased's late residence, and also officiated at the grave. There was a large gathering at the funeral, including many members of the Highland Society and local public men. The remains were interred in the Presbyterian section of the Waverley Cemetery, and the function there was rendered additionally impressive by the fact that the coffin, covered with wreaths of flowers was preceded from the gates by a Highland piper, in full dress, playing the lament, "The Flowers of the Forest."

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'Smith, Alexander (1854–1911)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/smith-alexander-13845/text24706, accessed 8 February 2023.

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