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Arthur Edward Syme (1864–1943)

The death occurred at a private hospital in Melbourne tonight of Dr. Arthur Edward Syme, of the Age and the Leader Proprietary. Dr. Syme, who was 79, was the third son of the late Mr. David Syme, had lived at Lilydale since 1895, and practised his profession there. One of his keen interests was the Victorian Mounted Rifles, in which he attained the rank of major. In his younger days he played football with the Essendon League team and later transferred to the University when his brother-in-law with a few other enthusiasts founded the first team of students. For more than 40 years Dr. Syme had been closely associated with hunting and racing. He was also a long-service member of the committees of the Victorian Amateur Turf Club and the Williamstown Racing Club, of which he was chairman for several years. During the last 30 years Dr. Syme raced horses under the name of "Mr. S. A. Rawdon," but before that he raced under his own name. He was a successful breeder. His horse Nigel won the Australian Steeple in 1908. Probably the best horse he bred was Blague, which in Dr. Syme's colours won the Caulfield Guineas, Newmarket Handicap, and Goodwood Handicap. He imported many horses from England. Dr. Syme was twice married. He is survived by his widow, and four daughters by his first wife, Mrs. C. J. Dennis, of Nambrok (Gippsland), Mrs. R. Johnston, of Malvern, Mrs. Noel Mason, of Toolamba, and Miss Kathleen A. Syme, of Melbourne. The funeral will take place on Friday.

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