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Gustavus John Waterhouse (1850–1929)

Mr. Gustavus John Waterhouse, who died at his residence in Drumalbyn-road, Bellevue Hill, on Saturday, was a prominent figure in many public activities, and was closely associated with the Methodist Church.

Born at Westbury, Tasmania, 79 years ago, Mr. Waterhouse was the grandson of the late Rev. John Waterhouse, the first superintendent of the Wesleyan Mission in that State. He came to Sydney at an early age. and subsequently commenced a shipping business which was mostly concerned with the island trade. For some time he was a member of the City Council, representing Gipps ward. He was an alderman of the Waverley Council for many years, and occupied the position of Mayor on two occasions. For a number of years Mr. Waterhouse resided at Woodford, and during that period was president of the Blue Mountains Shire Council.

Mr. Waterhouse took a deep interest in the affairs of the Methodist Church, and at one time was treasurer of the New South Wales Mission Fund. Recently he gave £2000 to the Methodist Ladies' College, Burwood, for bursaries for daughters of Methodist ministers. Mr. Waterhouse was one of the founders of the Waverley Benevolent Society, and was a founder and the first president of the Waverley Bowling Club.

Mr. Waterhouse married a daughter of the late Mr. E. Vickery, and she survives him. There are three sons—Dr. G. A. Waterhouse, Professor E. G. Waterhouse, and Mr. L. V. Waterhouse.

The funeral took place at the Waverley Cemetery yesterday, after a service at the Waverley Methodist Church. Among those who attended the funeral were:—Dr. G. A. Waterhouse, Professor E. G. Waterhouse, Mr L. V. Waterhouse (sons), Masters Gordon, Rex, and Strelton Waterhouse (grandsons) Mr. John Waterhouse, Mr. Roland S. Waterhouse, and Mr Leonard P. Waterhouse (brothers), Mr. Joseph Vickery, Mr. G. B Vickery (brothers-in-law), Mr. E. Frank Vickery, Dr. K. Vickery, Dr. Donald Vickery, Mr. Harland Vickery, Mr. Allan Vickery, Dr Colin Vickery, Mr. Walter Waterhouse, Mr Lawry Waterhouse, and Mr Ivor Newman (nephews), Miss Waterhouse and Mrs. Crook (nieces). Mr Todd Vickery, Mr. W. Blow, Mr. Clarence Newman, Mr. Edgar Newman. Mr. Leslie Newman. Mr. Frank Wirth, Mr. Alan Crook, the Revs. H. E. Andrews, J. Stephen. W. J. Burton, and J. G. Wheen. Dr. Prescott, the Revs. H. J. C. Foreman, A. J. Cope, X. F. Potts, L. Bennett. T. Taylor. H. Green, J. Bathgate, H. Mcwilliam and G. H. Hewitt, Messrs W. Taylor. B. H. Chapman, H. M. Hawkins. G. M. Goldfinch, Holdup, H. A. Bourne, Watson, Roy Wright, MacGregor, Davies, Hall. Dr R. A. Noble, Mr. Aubrey Murphy, Miss Monica Brown, Mrs. W. Brumilow, Mrs Forde, Mrs. Wilson, Messrs. O. A. Parker. L. Parker, Turner, Frank Hobbs, Carruthers, F. G. Phillips. W. C. O'Reilly, Jack Cassidy. Dr P. Hipsley. Messrs Nesbitt, T. Cummins, A. Corbett, T. H. Dickson, Duguid, B. H. Chapman, E. E. Bowden. M.P., H. E. Weston. M. F. Johnson. J. Colclough, T. Yeomans, A. Hobbs, H. A. Bourne, P. Gabriel, G. S. Brown, Councillor Percy Wilson (president of the Blue Mountains Shire), and Councillor Grace.

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Additional Resources

  • probate, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 November 1929, p 8

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'Waterhouse, Gustavus John (1850–1929)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Westbury, Tasmania, Australia


3 August, 1929 (aged ~ 79)
Bellevue Hill, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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