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Wilfred Stow (1872–1926)

from Mirror

With tragic suddenness Wilfred Stow passed into the shadows.

While he was ascending the stairs at the Palace Hotel to attend a farewell function yesterday he was stricken with a paralytic seizure.

Dr. Holland was hastily summoned, but the patient never regained consciousness and passed into the shadows shortly after 8 o'clock.

The deceased was among the most prominent figures in the commercial world of the West, which he entered from Adelaide nearly 30 years ago.

He is the second of the controlling heads of Goode, Durant and Co. to pass during the last few weeks, for quite recently Mr. Low, a director of the firm, died suddenly at Victor Harbor (S.A.)

The late Mr. Stow, a man in the early fifties, was born in Adelaide, where his father, the late Augustus Stow, held the position of Public Trustee. He was a nephew of Judge Stow and a grandson of the Rev. Stow, who in 1829 [sic] founded the Stow Memorial Church.

Originally identified with the firm of Matthew Goode & Co., Mr Stow has been since 1895 associated with the interests of Goode, Durrant and Co. Ltd. in Western Australia.

Yesterday morning he attended at the Palace Hotel; where he was to be made the recipient of a valedictory from a number of his friends. As he mounted the steps of the hotel he felt faint, and when he entered the assembly room he was in a state of collapse.

Dr. Holland was summonded, Dr. Barker joining him a few moments later. Mr. Stow, however, did not rally, and at 8.30 last evening he passed out.

It was Mr. Stow's intention to leave for England on Monday on a business and pleasure trip. He leaves a widow and one son.

As a public man and a good citizen the West will be the loser by Mr. Stow's demise.

The funeral will take place tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon.

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Additional Resources

  • wedding, Inquirer & Commercial News (Perth), 12 April 1901, p 9
  • funeral, West Australian, 8 February 1926, p 7

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'Stow, Wilfred (1872–1926)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 May 2024.

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