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Samuel St John Topp (1850–1902)

The many friends of Mr Samuel St John Topp, barrister-at-law, will regret to hear that he died suddenly last night, at his residence, 'Langdale', Elsternwick. Mr Top was the youngest son of Samuel Top, who emmigrated to Australia in 1858. He was born at Huddersfield, Yorkshire, on June 13, 1850. He was educated at King Edward VI's Grammar school, Birmingham, and at the Church of England Grammar School, Melbourne (where he arrived in 1861). He subsequently matriculated at the Melbourne University, where he took the degrees of LL.M. and B.A. In the law courts he carried off the third year law exhibition and the law scholarship in his fourth year, taking first class honours on each occasion. He wound up his University career by carrying off the Shakespeare scholarship, the great literary prize of the University. He was admitted to the Victorian bar on September 18, 1877, and for several years acted as law reporter for the Victorian Law Reports. He contributed several articles on literary subjects to the Melbourne Review in the earlier years of its existence. Mr Top had practised his profession ever since his admission to the bar, and had for some years occupied a leading position in the Equity, Insolvency, and Mining Courts of Victoria.

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13 June, 1850
Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England


1 August, 1902 (aged 52)
Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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