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Sir Joseph Hector Maxwell Carruthers
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Birth: Dec. 21, 1857
Kiama Municipality
New South Wales, Australia
Death: Dec. 10, 1932
Waverley Council
New South Wales, Australia

From The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 13 December 1932

Impressive Funeral.

Representatives of the State and Federal Governments, the Judiciary, the business community, and organisations with which he had been associated throughout his lengthy career, yesterday attended the funeral of Sir Joseph Carruthers, a former Premier of New South Wales.

The ceremony at the South Head Cemetery was preceded by an impressive ceremony in All Saints Church Woollahra. All shades of political thought were represented in the congregation which included Ministers of the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments and a large number of members of both Houses of the State Parliament. The mourners represented not only political and Judicial friendships but sporting cultural and historical acquaintances were present.

The coffin was surrounded with beautiful flowers - a testimony of the high esteem in which the former Premier was held.

'When I heard of Sir Joseph Carruthers death' said Canon Langley, who conducted the ceremony at the church, 'I was filled with sorrow. He was a big man and a big public character. Indeed he was one of the stalwarts of our political life and in the hours of stress he gave all of us a sense of security. We felt there was one man of ripe judgment and sagacity with a very wide experience of life and with an open mind to say what was in the best interests of the State'.

There was always something irresistible about him. He touched life at so many points - travel art literature and music. He was a champion of many a cause for the people. He was gifted with a capacity for leadership and for over 40 years was ready for any emergency in the land of his birth. He was ever a fighter, Even his later infirmities never held him back. He had a big way of looking at life, for life to him was a big thing. We pay our respects to day to a big man in an hour when we need big men.

When the cortege reached the cemetery a large number had already foregathered at the graveside. The Rev. E. Shipley of St. Stephens Bellevue Hill in an address said that many of the works with which Sir Joseph Carruthers had been associated would keep his memory green. 'We thank God' he said 'for the example of Sir Joseph's life in his devotion to his country's good. Those who mourn his loss as husband father or friend realise the greatness of the activities of his career'.


The chief mourners were - Dr. Douglas Carruthers, Messrs. Joseph Carruthers and Wallace Carruthers (sons), Misses Alice and Peggy Carruthers (daughters) Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McIntyre (son-in-law and daughter), Mrs. Paul Hirst (daughter) Messrs. O. P. Carruthers and H. Carruthers (nephews), Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Dechow (nephew and niece), Mr. Albert Carruthers (representing Mr. Henry Carruthers brother), Messrs. Harold, Kenneth and Ashley Carruthers and Mrs. Frank Hynes and Miss Ruby and Dorothy Carruthers (family of the Rev. Dr Carruthers, brother, who died recently), Mr. James E. Carruthers and Mr. and Mrs. Harry O'Keefe (nephew and niece).

The Premier (Mr. Stevens) represented the Government and other State Ministers in attendance were Minister for Transport (Mr. Bruxner), Attorney General (Mr. Manning), Chief Secretary (Mr. Chaffey), Minister for Justice (Mr. Martini), Minister for Lands (Mr Buttenshaw), Minister for Labour (Mr. Dunningham), Assistant Minister (Mr. J Ryan) The Minister for Local Government (Mr. Jackson) was represented by Mr. C. H. N. Smart, Sir Daniel Levy Sneaker, Mr. H. L. Harnett, Sergeant at Arms; and the following members of the Legislative Assembly: Sir Thomas Henley, Messrs. J. B. Shand, J. Waddell, W. F. Poster, J. T. Reid, E. L. Sanders, M.L.P. Jurvic, S. A. Lloyd, J. R. Lee (ex Minister for Justice), O J Monro, and P. P. Loughlin, V.R. McCourt, Clerk was also present.

Federal Ministers present included the Postmaster-General (Mr Parkhill), the Minister for Commerce (Mr Stewart),the Minister for Health (Mr Marr), and the Assistant Minister for Defence (Mr Francis).

The Legislative Council was represented by Sir John Peden (president), The Lord Mayor (Alderman S Walder), Sir James Murdoch, Sir Henry Braddon, Sir Joynton Smith, Sir Allen Taylor, Dr P. E. Wall and Messrs. J N Concannon, J. Ashton, J. Travers, J. A. Mackay, A. C. Willis, T.A.J. Playfair, J. P. Coates, H. E. Horne, P. M. McGirr, F. H. Bryant, L. T. Courtenay, J. Keegan, M. P. Dunlop, D. Malone, C. A. Akhurst, L. W. Ryan, J. B. Suttor, E. H. Parrar, R. Mahony, T. J. Tyrrell, E. J. Kavanagh, W. E. V. Robson, T. Waddell, J. W. Percival, W. Brooks, G. H. Varley. W. F. Latimer, A. K. Trethowan, T. J. Smith and D. M. Smith Mr O. H. Calvert (Clerk of Parliaments), Mr W. E. Clapin (Usher of the Black Rod), and Mr. H. Fennings were also present.

The Chief Justice (Sir Philip Street) was represented by Mr Clive Reid and Mr. Justice Boyce by Mr. A. Smith.

Others present were: Judge Backhouse, Messrs. Colin Stephen (Chairman of the A J C), G T Rowe (secretary A J C), I. H. R. Evans (secretary Canterbury Park Racing Club), P. F. Moore (Moorefield Race Club), Theo Marks chairman and R Rowe secretary Rosehill Race Club, and G. Evans (Metropolitan Registered Race Clubs committee), Professor J. Douglas Stewart (University of Sydney), Messrs. Walter De Selle (acting Vice chancellor University of Sydney), D. L. Dowden (Orient Line), E. B. Wareham (Chairman NSW Interstate Steamship Owners Association), C. H. Hughes (Union Steamship Co.), K. R. Cramp (Royal Australian Historical Society), Walter M. Marks, Arthur P. Canaway, K. C. E. Harrison M.P; W. J. Bloomfield, (Mutual Life and Citizens Assurance Co), A.H. Uther (Parliamentary draughtsman), J. J. Quinn (Parliamentary Librarian), E. W. Hine (Hansard staff), T. H. Compagnoni (representing trustees Captain Cooks landing place and Judge Cohen), and E. E. Hirst (British General Electric Co. Ltd).

The Royal Agricultural Society was represented by Sir Samuel Hordern (president), Mr H. S. Angus (deputy president), T. J. Hoskins, G. W. Walker, E. J. Rafferty and A W Skidmore, the National Art Gallery by Sir John Sulman (president), Messrs. John Lane Mullins M. L. C. Howard Herton B J Waterhouse (trustees), and J. S. Macdonald (director), Waverley Council by Alderman David Hunter mason, City Bowling Club by Messrs E R Suttor, G Suttor, J B White, O Bates, A R Mote, and H Suttor, Waverley Bowling Club by Messrs. G. Dyson, W. Staley, and Alderman M Paul.

Among others present were Sir Joseph Cook (formerly High Commissioner or Australia, Sir Albert Gould, the Rev J L Cope (Moderator of the Sydney Presbytery, Dr W. R. Browne (president Royal Society), Messrs. C. H. Hay (Under Secretary Premiers Department), W. H. Childs (Commissioner of Police), James Mitchell(ex Commissioner of Police), T. B. Cooper (president), and P. J. Henry (secretary)Metropolitan Water Board, C. R. Chapman (Under Secretary of the Treasury), Mr. Roy Hendy (Town Clerk of Sydney), and P. J. Smith (Deputy Town Clerk), E. W. Austin president, and W. O' Connor and R. T McKay, Commissioners, and S. O. Barnes secretary, Sydney Harbour Trust, E. B. Harkness Undersecretary Chief Secretary's Department), J Kell (National Life and Citizens Insurance Co), L. W. Farrar (Employers Federation), B. O. Taylor (Clyde Engineering Co), Sir Arthur Rickard, president; N. P. Bennett,secretary and A. B. Deane, treasurer Millions Club, A. C. Davidson (General Manager Bank of New South Wales represented by Mr H. A. Phillips, R. J. Burns (Australian Iron and Steel Ltd); J. C. Watson (N.R.M.A.) Samuel Phillips (Adult Deaf and Dumb Society), D. J. Sullivan (Australian Industries Preservation League), W. P. Leighton Balley and W. K. Moriac (National Park Trust), W.H.O. Malley Wood (Rural Bank), C. W. Harrison (Royal South Sydney Hospital, S. Mc Cure (Angus and Robertson Ltd), D. N. Scott (2 C.H. Broadcasting Station), H. D. Hall (late President Government Savings Bank), H. W. Horsfield (secretary J.A.P.), L. P. Iredale, Stace Lloyd (U. A. P.) C. Robinson (U. A. P. Speakers Association), A. W. Kemp (National Club), D. E. S. Kennedy (Fort Street Old Boys Union), W. F. Dimond (ex-superintendent of Police), Sydney Smith, L. D. Stewart (representing Mr O. R. Nelson Samoa), W. A. Watt P.C. (represented by Mr L. P. Anivitti, Hugh Langwell (ex Chairman Western Lands Board), Alderman H Latimer, Mayor, and Mr J C Lough, Town Clerk of Woollahra, Commander Victor Cohen R. A. N. R.

Others who were at the church or the graveside were Drs. P. L. Hipsley, J. C. Bell, Allen A. James-Flynn, M. J. O'Shea, D. G. Maitland, J. M. Banks, the Rev. F. W. Hynes, Messrs. W.J.C. Elliott, J. Stuart Thom, Clarence C. Ward, Donald McDonald, G. W. Ord, Owen S. B. Hogg, A. T. Cummings, B. Barnett, D. B. Hunter, K. Hunter, E.C. Landers, E. Mc C, S. Hill, Henry J Ackland, Henry Davis W R Schwilk, J. F. W. Dando, Roger W. Parkhurst, Herbert Ingham, J. E. H.Kennedy, Alfred Edward F. Lethbridge King, Reginald S. York, S.A. Fullford, John S. Cormack, W. Branthwaite Clarke, A. H. Curlewis, W. O. Cormack, W. J. A. Hill, H. Stokes, Percy Hunter, B. N. James, F. Arthur Royle, P. J. Hourigan, E. Hale, H. J. Osborne, N. McPhillimy, J. Y. Davidson, Arthur Vernon, F. W. Bracey, W. J. Pearce, E. Denley P. Grant, W. Gourey, L. W. Coppleson, C. Buchanan, H. J. Hynes, C. Bursill, S. Rosenberg, T. W. Taylor, J. C. Lenehan, M. L. Westfallen, F. File, R. M. Tiley, N. Rowe, W. C. Hayes, A. G. Hule, J. King, S. V. Larkin, G. L. Butler, P. McNaught, F. Adams, A. Hawkesworth, H.L. Cross, F C.G. Tremlett, E. E. Lucy, F B Cowling E Doidge, J. Burnett Baxter, G. W. Walker G. L. Scott J. W. Holliman, J R. Boose, P. Ireland, John H. Shying R. W. Fraser and J. G. Chidgey.


The Prime Minister (Mr Lyons) has sent the following message of sympathy to Lady Carruthers widow of Sir Joseph Carruthers - On behalf of the Commonwealth Government I desire to convey to yourself and family deep sympathy In your bereavement Your late husband s public service will be gratefully remembered.

The Headstone Reads:
Joseph Hector Maxwell Carruthers MLC. Died 16 November 1932 in his 76th year. Also his widow Lady Alice Carruthers. Died 27th February 1961 in her 86th year. Dearly beloved. Adrian John Douglas Carruthers grandson died 27th January 1954 aged 2 years 7 months. 
South Head Cemetery
Waverley Council
New South Wales, Australia
Plot: General Sect N, Row 10, Grave 394C, B.
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Record added: Apr 12, 2009
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Sir Joseph Hector Maxwell Carruthers
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