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Ernest Farish Stephen (1847–1938)

The death occurred on Saturday of Mr. Ernest Farish Stephen, of Ashfield, at the age of 90. He was the youngest son and last surviving member of the large family of the late Sir Alfred Stephen, a former Chief Justice of New South Wales. Mr. Stephen was a resident of Ashfield for 52 years, and was the oldest solicitor in the State, having been admitted in 1871. He relinquished practice some years ago, because of failing health. He displayed great musical talent at both the piano and the organ. His transcription of the National Anthem was played by Wilhelm Backhaus, and he also composed a number of chants, and other minor piano compositions. He was a great animal lover, and bred many prize-winning dogs. Mr. Stephen's wife died in 1924, and he is survived by his family and grandchildren. After a service at St. John's Church, Ashfield on Monday, his remains were privately interred at the South Head Cemetery.

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'Stephen, Ernest Farish (1847–1938)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 July 2024.

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1 November, 1847
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


29 January, 1938 (aged 90)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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