Alexander Blair BUTLER


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Elizabeth Mary O'DONNELL

Alexander Blair BUTLER

  • Born: 3 Sep 1854, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia 2
  • Married: 1890, Emmaville, New South Wales, Australia 1
  • Died: 13 Jan 1927, Braeside Hospital, Stanmore, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 3

  Research Notes:

Will of Alexander Blair Butler late of Port Macquarie, Retired Commercial Traveller, written 25 Aug 1909, probate 7 Mar 1927.

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me ALEXANDER BLAIR BUTLER of Port Macquarie Commercial Traveller. I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all my property of whatever description and wherever situated unto my wife ELIZABETH MARY BUTLER absolutely free from the debts control or interference of any future husband with whom she may intermarry. And I APPOINT my said wife sole executrix of this my Will IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty fifth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and nine. A.B. BUTLER.
SIGNED by the Testator the said ALEXANDER BLAIR BUTLER in the presence of us who....have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses:— Frederick Hayward, J.P., Arthur Bailey.
7th March 1927. On this date, Probate of the last Will of the abovenamed deceased was granted to Elizabeth Mary Butler of Vaucluse, "widow", the executrix named in the said Will. Testator died on the 13th January, 1927. Estate sworn at £16385.15.7 Net. 8




The late Mr. Alexander Blair Butler, whose death occurred on Thursday, January 13, 1927, at Braeside Hospital, Stanmore, whither he had been taken from his home at Vaucluse on the preceding day, was born at Port Macquarie 72 years ago, being the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Butler of that town. Deceased had seven brothers and sisters, all of whom, with the exception of Mrs. Jacob Healey, of Wahroonga, predeceased him. Mr. Butler's early years were spent in Port Macquarie where he attended the Old National School. At the age of nine years he came to the Manning in the care of the late Mr. Alexander Lobban, the veteran teacher of the early days, and later on inspector. At that time a bridle track linked the two towns together. When old enough he joined the staff of what was then known as the Australian Joint Stock Bank, Sydney. After some years in that occupation he resigned to travel round the world. After having had a wonderful trip in those early days he returned to Sydney to join the old firm of John Frazer and Co., with which he remained until his marriage in 1889 with Miss Elizabeth Mary O'Donnell of Emmaville (sister of Mrs. F. F. Potts, Taree), when he retired and made his home in Port Macquarie, his native town. Later on he became connected with James Inglis and Co., retaining his interest therein until the time of his death. Mr. Butler very deeply interested himself in mining pursuits and made a deep study of mineralogy. During the years he gathered a very valuable and interesting collection of minerals and gems. He was also a very keen lover of horses and bred many beautiful and valuable animals on "The Run," at Kathie, near Lake Innes. About 1920, Mr. Butler disposed of most of his Port Macquarie interests and went with his family to live at Vaucluse. He was a man of sterling worth and integrity, beloved and respected by all who knew him, ever ready, willing and unsparing of himself in the service of others in wise counsel or active help. He was a fine citzen and a good friend. Very many of his old friends and relatives attended the beautiful service at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday morning at Port Macquarie, to which town the remains had been conveyed for interment, and then followed the mortal remains of one with whom many of them had grown up, to the last resting place in Port Macquarie cemetery beside those of his son, James, who died in 1919. Deceased's very dear friend, Mr. Robert Davidson, assisted Rev. Walker-Jones at the service in the church and also at the graveside..... Deceased leaves behind a widow, one son—Maurice, of the Pacific Cable Board Service; Mrs. Stanley (Beryl) Flett, Taree; Misses Alice and Neruda (at home). Six grandchildren are also left. Of his sisters and brothers, only Mrs. Jacob Healey survives, and she and her husband attended the funeral." 4

  Marriage Information:

Alexander married Elizabeth Mary O'DONNELL, daughter of Daniel Morris O'DONNELL and Jane RANKIN, in 1890 in Emmaville, New South Wales, Australia 1. (Elizabeth Mary O'DONNELL was born on 30 Dec 1871 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia 5 and died on 14 May 1955 in Lindfield, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 6 7.)


1 NSW Registry BDM (marriages), 3471/1890.

2 NSW Registry BDM (births), 1632/1854 V18541632 52.

3 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 593/1927.

4 The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales, Wednesday 19 January 1927.

5 NSW Registry BDM (births), 18131/1871.

6 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 9391/1955.

7 The Ryerson Index, citing SMH, 16 May 1955. death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers

8 New South Wales Will Books, 1800-1952, no. 142720.

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