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Marmaduke Terry (1860–1932)

Another of the men who have played a prominent part in the opening up of the South-West, passed away yesterday morning, when Mr. Marmaduke Terry succumbed to a short illness at his home, "Wallcliffe." Deceased came to Western Australia in 1896, and in the intervening years, has followed the profession of surveyor, both in a private capacity and in association with the Lands and Public Works Department. He had a knowledge of the South-West land unequalled by any other man, having travelled over and surveyed and classified many hundreds of thousands of acres of it. Possessed of an unerring capacity to estimate the qualities of virgin forest land, Mr. Terry has rendered very valuable service to his adopted State: his knowledge was always freely at the disposal of all who sought it, and there are many who gratefully acknowledge having accepted his advice.

Mr. Terry, who had reached the advanced age of 73 years, spent many years in the open, and until quite recently, preferred to live under canvas close to his homestead rather than within four walls. Born in Melbourne, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Terry, who were well-known and widely-respected in the Victorian capital. In early life he studied architecture, and was associated with one of the leading firms in New South Wales. Answering the call of boom days of the nineties in the West, he came to this side of the continent as already recorded, and lost 110 time in identifying himself with those engaged in its advancement. He was a widely-read man, a delightful conversationalist, a reliable friend, and possessed a kindly and genial manner. By the nature of his calling, he made many friends, and the news of his demise will be received with genuine regret.

Mr. Terry was twice married, on the second occasion to Miss Filumina Bussell, daughter of the late Mr. Alfred Bussell. He leaves a widow and a family of two daughters and seven sons, for whom the utmost sympathy will be felt. The funeral will take place at the Margaret River cemetery at 4 o'clock this afternoon.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • death notice, West Australian, 25 November 1932, p 1
  • funeral, South-Western News (Busselton, WA), 2 December 1932, p 2
  • birth notice, Argus (Melbourne), 2 January 1861, p 4

Citation details

'Terry, Marmaduke (1860–1932)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 14 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


31 December, 1860
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


24 November, 1932 (aged 71)
Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

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