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Warren, George (1820–1895)

There is a startling similarity between the railway accident which occurred at Campbell's crossing, near Roseworthy, on Saturday, and that which caused the death of Mr. James Cowan, M.P., and Mr. M. Bullimore at the Grand Junction crossing, near Dry Greek station, on Monday, July 21, 1890. In each instance two well-known men were involved in the catastrophe, death resulting to both in either case. Sudden and swift came doom to Messrs. Cowan and Bullimore. Mr. Burton, too, was killed in the first shock. But it appeared as though Mr. George Warren, who travelled with the last-named gentleman, would survive his injuries. On Saturday night he seemed to be progressing favorably to recovery, but on Sunday his condition caused much anxiety to his friends, and he succumbed to his injuries this evening at half past 7. Unfavorable symptoms set in this morning when Mr. Warren was in a semi comatose state, and it is supposed that there was some internal injury, the effects of which had not been noticed previously. He grew worse gradually, and died at the hour named.

Mr. Warren, who was 74 years of age, came to the colony with his father, the late Mr. John Warren, in 1842 by the ship Royal Admiral. He worked for some time with his father at Springfield, which is now owned by the Hon. John Warren, M.L.C., and afterwards accepted a position with the late Mr. George Fife Angas as a surveyor. Here he remained for some time, and then settled in Gawler. In 1850 he commenced business as an auctioneer and surveyor, and often conducted sales at the Old Bushman yards. When the first council was elected in Gawler Mr. Warren was chosen a member for North ward, but retired from that position at the end of his term. He was for many years president of the Gawler branch of the Agricultural Society, in which he took an active interest. He was also a member of the institute committee for a considerable period, and together with the late Mr. L. S. Burton he held a position as trustee at the time of his death. With Messrs. Burton and Barnet he was a member of the old-time 'Humbug Society,' of the doings of which much has been written. He was vice-president of the National Defence League, and a prominent member of the local branch.

Mr. Warren, who was well-known all over South Australia, where he had many friends, was a brother of the Hon. John Warren, and he leaves a widow (sister to Mr. W. R. Cave), three sons (Messrs. C. H. Warren of Messrs. Cave & Co., W. Warren, and F. Warren) and four daughters, one of whom is married.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • carriage accident, Advertiser (Adelaide), 25 February 1895, p 5
  • funeral, South Australian Chronicle, 2 March 1895, p 2

Citation details

'Warren, George (1820–1895)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/warren-george-23546/text32558, accessed 17 October 2021.

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