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Lithgow Tait (1852–1936)

Rev. Lithgow Tait

The Rev. Lithgow Tait died at his home in Campbell road, Deepdene, on Thursday, at the age of 85 years. The late Mr. Tait was the son of Rev. John Tait, a pioneer of the Presbyterian Church in Geelong and was educated at the Geelong Grammar School, Geelong College, Scotch College, Melbourne, and the University of Melbourne, where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Later he studied theology at the Free College, Edinburgh, but a breakdown in health caused him to return to Australia. He spent some time in Tasmania, and later continued his studies at the Theological Hall, Melbourne. In 1877 he was licensed as a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria. His first pastorate was at Maffra, in Gippsland, and in March, 1896, he was appointed Minister of St. Andrew's Church, Kyneton, a position he held until 1921.

Mr. Tait leaves a widow and a family of three sons—Messrs. R. G. Tait, of the National Bank of Australasia, Casterton; L. J. of the Bank of New South Wales, Benalla; and G. E. Tait, of Vermont—and three daughtets. The funeral, which was private, took place yesterday in the Box Hill Cemetery, the burial service being conducted by the Rev. T. Watt Leggatt. The pall-bearers were Messrs. Andrew Wilson, James Sutherland, J. D. Gillespie, J. B. Tait, and L. Sisely. Messrs. Le Pine and Son Pty. Ltd. had charge of the funeral arrangements.

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Geelong, Victoria, Australia


1 October, 1936 (aged ~ 84)
Deepdene, Victoria, Australia

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