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James William Styles (1865–1931)


Deep regret will be felt by the many friends of Mr. J. W. Styles, of Messrs. J. W. Styles and Son, auctioneers, at the news of his death, which occurred on Satur day morning at his residence, Denham place, Toorak. His age was 66 years. Mr. Styles, who was a son of the late Mr. James Styles, one of the early members of the Senate, was born near Rockhampton, Queensland. He was educated at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, and Scotch College, Melbourne. In young manhood Mr. Styles was manager of the contract business of his father, who built portions of the South Gippsland and North-Eastern railways of Victoria, and of the deep drainage system to Adelaide.In 1888 Mr. J. W. Styles began as an auctioneer in Melbourne. In addition to carrying on a general auctioneering business, he specialised in machinery sales and the sales of Government railway stores. Mr. Styles was a member of the Athanaeum Club and of the Victoria Racing Club. He was fond of travel, and made a number of world tours. Many articles on travel subjects and on racing were written by him. In recent years, because of ill-health, he was not able to take an active part in the business of his firm, which has been carried on by his son, Mr. Harley Styles. He leaves also a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Merry, of Alvechurch, Worcestershire, England. The burial at the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, on Saturday, was private.

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