Advocate 20 May 1947
LATE MR J. FAIRBROTHER
The funeral of Mr. John Fair brother, of Elizabeth Town, who died at the Devon Hospital, Latrobe took place in the Deloraine General cemetery. Services at the Holy Cross Church, Elizabeth Town, and the graveside were conducted by Rev. A. E. Chamberlain.
Chief mourners were the widow, sons and dauchters, and grand- children. Pallbearers were Messrs. V. and H. Knight (grandsons), and C. Fairbrother (nephew). The carriers were Mr. F. Barry (son-in-law) and three grandsons.
The late Mr. Fairbrother, who was the youngest son of the late Joseph Fairbrother, was born in Packington, England, in 1865. Early in his 'teens he visited America. Returning to England, at the age of 20, he married Miss Elizabeth Collier, of Ravenstone, on July 5, 1886. They came to Australia in the days when it took six months to make the voyage, arriving in Victoria early in 1887. After spen- ding 12 months in Victoria they came to Tasmania, arriving at Elizabeth Town 59 years ago. Mr. Fairbrother secured a small farming property. He also served as a working overseer for the Deloraine Council for 40 years. His first wife predeceased him in 1900. After a few years he married Sarah Young, of Needles. He leaves a widow and a large family. The children of the first marriage are: Elsie (Mrs. Knight, Devonport). Frederick (Rocky Cape), Alice (Mrs. Wilson, Geelong), Mary (Mrs. Barker, Burnie), and Ada (Mrs. Revell, Devonport). Those of the second marriage are: Winnie (Mrs. Barry, Launceston), Doris (Mrs. Jacobs, Melbourne), Ralph (Elizabeth Town). Ruby (Mrs. Campbell, Launceston), Mavis, (Mrs. Williams, Launceston), Eric, Fitzgerald, Maud and Edward (all of Launceston).
Two daughters and a son of the first marriage predeceased their father. The latter, Clement, was a member of the First A.I.F. Two sons of the second marriage are also dead.