Alfred Weir

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Background

Alfred Weir was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He arrived in Australia on the Prince Regent in 1839 with his parents. Alfred Weir married Susannah Mary Price at Morphett Vale in 1857, and they had twelve children, eight surviving to adulthood.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Alfred Weir was a member of the Ballarat Reform League. His membership ticket was numbered 69, and was dated 06 November 1854 and is held by the National Library of Australia.

Post 1854 Experiences

Obituary

DEATH OF A PIONEER COLONIST.
In the death of Mr. Alfred Weir, of Chapel-street, Norwood, another of the pioneer colonists has passed away. Having arrived by the Prince Regent on September 21, 1839, the deceased had been a colonist of 62 years. He was one of the many who were attracted to the Victorian goldfield, and he was in Ballarat at the time of the insurrection when so many miners lost their lives at the spot known as the Eureka Stockade. Upon returning to South Australia Mr. Weir settled down in Norwood, where he resided for over 40 years. Although not actually a public man, the deceased was a prominent worker in connection with religious and philanthropic institutions. He was a pioneer of the Norwood Church of Christ. As one of the first members of the church, he, with a small band of enthusiasts, worked assiduously for the advancement of the cause, and to him fell the honor of turning the first sod for the foundation of the building in Chapel-street which now marks the result of their enterprise. His first wife was the first person immersed in the church, whilst his eldest daughter (Mrs. A. Redman) was made the recipient of the customary Bible and hymn-book as a memento of the first wedding ceremony conducted in the building. For many years Mr. Weir was an officer of the church, and he rendered conspicuous service as superintendent of the Sunday-school, which office he held for 15 years, resigning same about five years ago. Up to the time of his death, how-ever, he remained a teacher or one of the senior classes. It is noteworthy that during the time he was superintendent three of his sons held the office of secretary to the school in succession. In connection with the Chapel-street Literary Society, now merged into the Norwood Literary Society, Mr. Weir manifested a deep interest for several years being a vice-president. Mr. Weir leaves a widow, having married twice, and a family of three sons-Mr. Fred. Weir, of Broken Hill, Captain S. Price Weir, Mr. Harrison Weir - and three daughters-Mrs. A. Redman, Mrs. A. Tompsett, and Miss Weir. The funeral will leave Chapel street Norwood, this afternoon. Mr. D. H. H. Weir is a brother of the deceased.[2]

Also See

Ballarat Reform League


External Links

Image of Alfred and Susannah Weir - http://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/PRG+1451/3

References

  1. http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/208525343?q=%22Alfred+Weir%22+&c=picture&versionId=228817703, accessed 24 July 2017.
  2. Adelaide Advertiser, 09 November 1901.