Mr. Charles Henry Streeton.
Mr. Charles Henry Streeton, father of Mr. Arthur Streeton, the artist, died on Tuesday night, at the age of 102 years. His death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. W. McCrea, at Carrington-road, Randwick, where he has resided for the past 17 years.
Mr. Streeton enjoyed wonderful vigour in extreme old age. Even when he celebrated his 101st birthday he was able to walk with the aid only of a stick. He was very deaf, but was otherwise particularly alert for his years. He was a much-travelled man and an entertaining raconteur. Born at St. Leonards, England, Mr. Streeton was educated for the army. To his army training he ascribed the physical stamina which gave him so long a life. A little later he began his working career by joining the engineering firm of Sir Charles Fox and Henderson, and acted as paymaster during the construction of the Paddington Railway Station, in Lon- don. Subsequently he fell in with a sug- gestion by the British Government that he should travel to Australia, and take part in an expedition which the then Surveyor-General (Sir Thomas Mitchell) was organising to ex- plore the western parts of Queensland. By the time Mr. Streeton arrived in Sydney in 1845, however, the expedition had already set
He then went to Melbourne, and joined the Education Department, in the service of which he remained for 30 years, until his retirement at the age of 65 years.
Mrs. Streeton died 17 years ago, at the age of 86 years, and Mr. Streeton came to Sydney to live with his daughter, Mrs. McCrea.
Mr. Streeton took a deep interest in the work of the Church of England, and in his younger days, occasionally conducted services in Victorian towns.
The funeral took place privately yesterday at the Randwick Cemetery, Canon Cakebread officiating. Mr. Arthur Streeton, who lives in Melbourne, was unable to be present. The chief mourners were Messrs. Herbert and Stanley Streeton (sons), and Bennett McCrea (grandson).