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William Winn (1848–1929)

The death occurred in a private hospital last night of Mr. William Winn, of Rockley, Upper Pitt-street, Kirribilli, the founder of Winn's, Ltd.

Mr. Winn, who was in his 81st year, had a remarkable business career. Fifty-one years ago, with his brother, Mr. I. Winn, he opened in Newcastle a small business, which was to be the foundation of one of the largest drapery establishments in the State. The original business premises had a frontage of only 18 feet, but it had expanded to many times greater dimensions when the Jubilee of its formation was held in Newcastle in October of last year.

In 1910 Mr. Winn came to Sydney, and founded the business of Winn and Sons, Ltd., which now bears his name. Later he opened a shop in Oxford-street, but that establishment is now about four times its original size. Winn's (Camperdown), Ltd., was also formed by him.

Mr. Winn was an enthusiastic supporter of all evangelical movements, and was prominently associated with the organisation of the New South Wales tour of Gipsy Smith. He was a member of the Methodist Church, and was a vice-president of the old New South Wales Temperance Alliance.

Although he had ceased to take an active part in the management of his business, Mr. Winn remained on the directorate and retained his interest in his work to the end.

He is survived by Mrs. Winn and four sons, Messrs. G. R. Winn (managing director of Winn's, Ltd., Oxford-street), William Harold Winn, and Stanley D. Winn, and Dr. Roy C. Winn, and a nephew, Mr. A. Winn.

The funeral will take place at Rookwood Cemetery this afternoon, leaving Mr. Winn's late residence at 2 p.m.

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  • funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 1929, p 17

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1 December, 1929 (aged ~ 81)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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