Obituary ·----*--- --. MR. WILLIAM PRIMROSE ANDERSON. of -·: With the passing of Mr. W. P. An. derson whose deaith occurred on Thursday evening at his residence Bentinck Street, Portland loses a most notable figure in its history 'W.P. as he, was familiarly known, was a striking example of those hardy pioneers; whose nnumbers , are fast diminishing, and by sheer assiduit, and merit, fought his way from the lowest rungs of the ladder to a fore- most position in the commercial world. To him might safely be ap- plied the words ': Pluck wins. It always wins, though days' slow; And, nights be dark twixt days that Come and go Still pluck will win. Its average is sure He gains the prize that can the most endure Whn faces issues, he who never shiriks Who waits and-watches and who always works " His parents arrived from England when this country was but little known, taking up their residence tem- porarily in Melbournes. He was one of a large family, being born on June 15th 1845 in the capital city, and baptized by the Rev. Forbes-the first Prebyterian minister in Mel bourine. As a child he went to Crawford with his people where his father took up land. Eventually the family removed to Portand, and when a boy of 12, the late gentleman found' emplyment with Mr C. Trang mar in the grocery and hardware business in Julia Street, which he ultimately acquired. His first em ployer met a sudden end, being drowned under most tragic circum- stances. Mr. Trangmar's brother, James, then took control of the bus- ness, Mr. Anderson being his mana ger until he came into possession at the age of 28. By intense concen tration and dint of hard work, he built up a business which became no- torious throughout the whole Western District--in fact, the State-and there were many who had cause to remember the late gentleman by the many acts of kindnesses rendered at his hands when financial worries were pressing hard upon them. Mr. An- derson's forebearance in this connec- tion was the means of placing num erous:"strugglers" on their feet ; oft times to his personal inconvenience. His determination to establish an over-seas trade with the Old Country brought him into much prominence, and he had the satisfaction of seeing his efforts rewarded to no small ex tent. It was in the year '81 that the first shipinent of wool was despatched by the "South Esk" to the order of Mr. Charles Kauff', of Casterton. "In those days carriage of produce from the northern parts was wholly by bul lock teams; and it' was no unusual spectacle to see Julia Street lined from one end to the other with heav ily laden drays. Wool was the prin- cipal product handled, and it was a wearisome task to hand-dump the bales preparatory to placing them on board. Afterwards, however, an up-to-date plant was installed, which remains in service to this day. The transport of the wool to the vessels was carried out by, means of "light ers,'" which ran to and fro between the ships at archor some distance out. Mr. Anderson supervised the whole of his shipping business, and was often astir as early as 4 in the morning to go out and see that the cargoes were properly stored. Mr. Alex. McDon-. ald was in charge of the boat which conveyed his emnployer to the ship's side, and he relates with fervor his experiences with the late gentleman' -his punctuality, energy, cheerful- ness and courtesy at all times under the most adverse circumstances. As the years passed on, so his business expanded, until it was estimated that he handled as much as 20,000 bales in a single season. Seeing further possibilities in the expanision of trade, he erected an elaborate shed in the grounds of his palatial, residence in Bentinek Street, for the reception of wheat for shipment - this valuable commodity being then grown in con siderable quantities round about Cas- terton, Coleraine Hamilton and Branxholme. It was a roomy and substantial structure, capable of ac commodating large quantities of the grain, which was stacked under its roof pending the arrival of the over- seas vessels. One, enterprise, fol lowed another, and with the wheat trade came the resuscitation of the gristing industry commenced in the Henty days. Mr. Anderion acquired the the iron flour mill in the vicinity of Magazine Hill, and, in partnership with Mr. Jas. Stewart, conducted a successful business in this line. The late gentleman also undertook the treatment of wattle bark, Mr. McKay doing the grinding at works situated in Percy-Street, on the site now, oc cupied by Mr. Sol Segal. He did all his own importing and exporting through Jas. Morrison and Co., Ltd., London, who still act as agents for the firm. Not only were wool and wheat handled by this enterprising exporter, but fruit and all other products as well Mr. Anderson readily realising the great possibilities in the export trade with foreign countries. Dur- ing his active business career, he ac quired much valuable property, prin- ripally those premises now occupied by. Messrs. Dalgety and Co., Stuhbs, Sutton and Charman. This block is perhaps the most commanding one in Portland to-day-another tribute to Mr. Anderson's keen foresight. For between 53 and 54 years he vigor- ously conducted the business and, at the expiration of that time, when years were pressing upon him; he dis- posed of his interests to Messrs Nich= olson and A. H. Sutton, the latter
eventually taking the establishment over on his own account. Thus for 70 years was the late Mr. Anderson assorciated with the business, which -so widely did-it become known-to day carries the firm name of "Ander. son and Co." Diligent and keen to the last degree in business; but charit- able and forebearing, Mr. Anderson name in the commercial life of the town will be handed down to posterity as one of the grand old pioneers of Portland's early, trade. He loved the old town, not from a mundane point of view, but for the happy as- sociations gathered in a life of won derful usefulness. His interest was not centred in self, but he had a sym pathetic regard for thore round about him who were not slow to recognise in him one whose friendship having been won, was enduring. The late Mr. Anderson was con- nected with several cooperative ven- tures in the district. He was a dir- ector of the freezing works when that company was floated, and held a simi- lar position in connection with the original Bridgewater butter factory. Though never entering municipal life, he took an interst in most public af- fairs, and on more than one occasion held the office of president of the Free Library. In church matters he was an ardent worker, and had the distinc tion of being the last of the original trustees of Scots Church, where he was a regular worshipper, and occu- pled the same pew for over 70 years. His services as a member of the Board of Management were invaluable, and he gave freely to the needs of the church. He was the oldest client of the Union Bank, opening an ac- count there in the early '70's, and for 40 years held the position of return ing officer for Glenelg, only relin- quishing the duties at last election. A widow and a large family of three girls and five boys, remain to mourn the loss of a devoted father. They are:-Maud (Mrs. Norman Mac. Leod, Kellerberrin, W.A.),Effie (Mrs R. T. Silvester) and Ray (both of Portland) ; Clifton, Edwin (W.A.) Arthur (Melbourne), Keith (Port land), and Bruce (W.A.) To them is extended the deepest sympathy of a host of friends throughout the whole district. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, when the remains were laid to rest in the South cemetery, the large cortege hearing testimony to the high esteem in which the late gentleman was held. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. W. Tait (Presbyterian), and Mr. W. A. Jarrett carried out the mortu- cry arrangements. Messrs. F. Burt, O. Cruse, J. C. Robb, A. McDonald, and P. Symington, old employees of the late gentleman, acted as pall-bear ers.