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Elijah Sturtridge (1858–1937)

After a long illness, the death occurred of Elijah Sturtridge at his residence, 'Chez-Nous,' old Sandgate Road, Clayfield, on 14th, July. The late Mr. Sturtridge was well known in mining and grazing circles, Born in the Parish of Luxulyan, Cornwall, in 1858, he left England at the age of 21 for New Zealand, where he was engaged in mining activities. In 1882 he went to California, still interested in mining. In 1886 he came to Australia and settled in the Emmaville district, where he managed the Ottery mine for about 12 years. He was responsible for the introduction of hydraulic sluicing to Emmaville. Later he owned two well-known mines, viz, 'Burk's Hill' and 'East Britain.'

He left Emmaville in 1815 to take over 'Prairie Downs,' a grazing property in the Blackall district, which he sold in 1924, when he transferred to this district, acquiring extensive grazing interests, which he retained until his death. Mr. Sturtridge was widely known in Masonic circles, being a member of The Rose Lodge, Emmaville, of which, he was a Past Master, Mark Mason, and life member.

He leaves a widow and five sons — Alfred, formerly manager of the Bank of N.S.W., Queensland, Robert (Brisbane), Ernest, Clement (Glen Innes district). Dr. Gordon Sturtridge, of Northumberland (England), a formet Waratah footballer who played with the team in South Africa and England; and five daughters — Mrs. Isabel Barbour (Sydney), Sister Dorothy Sturtridge, Mrs. Arthur Harris (Sydney), Mrs. Macfarlane (Atherton). One daughter resides with Mrs. E. Sturtridge in Brisbane. The late Mr. Sturtridge's funeral took place in Brisbane.

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'Sturtridge, Elijah (1858–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 May 2024.

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Luxulyan, Cornwall, England


14 July, 1937 (aged ~ 79)
Clayfield, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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