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Frederick de Porte St John (1879–1963)

Frederick St John, c.1900s

Frederick St John, c.1900s

Frederick de Porte St. John, Canon Emeritus of St. Peter’s Cathedral, died on July 4th, in Neringah Hospital, the Church of England Home of Peace at Wahroongah.

He was 84 and was a native of the Hastings River; his parents, English settlers, farmed at Rawdon Island.

He received his Theological training at the old St. John’s College, Armidale.

Deceased was made Deacon in 1905 and he went as Assistant Curate to Nundle in the then undivided Diocese of Armidale and Grafton, where some months later he married Miss Mabel Pyrke, a young pupil teacher.

He was ordained Priest in 1910 and served thereafter successively in Coffs Harbour, Boggabri, Uralla for 14 years from 1918 and Quirindi for about 20 years from 1932. His last eight years until his retirement in 1960 was spent as Rector of Lochinvar. Deceased’s widow predeceased him more than ten years ago.

The late Canon St. John left a family of eight to mourn his passing: Mr Oliver St. John, Ryde; Mrs Buckeridge (Patricia), Castlecrag; Mrs H. W. Baker (Marion), Parramatta; Mr Roland St. John, Indooroopilly, Brisbane; Mr Edward St. John, Clifton Gardens; Mrs Edward Minchin (Margaret), Castlecrag; Mrs Heller (Florence), who is overseas and Mrs Fry (Pamela), of Adelaide.

There are eighteen grandchildren.

The late Canon St. John had three sisters and two brothers, namely: Mrs Wilson (Maude), Port Macquarie; Miss Violet St. John, Sydney; and the late Miss Alma St. John, a former well known secretary of the hospital here; Canon Henry B. St. John, Bathurst, and Mr. Ambrose St. John, Sydney.

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Frederick St John, c.1900s

Frederick St John, c.1900s

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16 November, 1879
New South Wales, Australia


4 July, 1963 (aged 83)
Wahroonga, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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