From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
- DEATH OF MR. A. W. CROWE.
- AN ESTIMABLE CITIZEN.
- Mr A. W. Crowe, a very old and highly esteemed identity of Ballarat, died at his residence, 512 Windermere street, last night, at the ripe age of 84 years. The deceased gentleman, who was one of the pioneers of Ballarat, was born at South End, in the county of Essex, England, on 31st July, 1822. On reaching the ago of 22 years he was for a time a student at a distinguished grammar school in Felstead, but owing to the repeal of the Corn Laws he had to leave Essex, a place which was most dear to him. In 1852 he decided to come to Victoria, where he worked for a time on the various diggings. In 1854 he settled in Ballarat, and had not been long in the place before he made the acquaintance of the late Mr James Vallins, with whom ho worked for a considerable time in the deep sinking, while in 1855 both he and Mr Vallins assisted in cleaning away the obstructions on the Eastern Oval. Mr Crowe was associated with many of the earlier movements for the improvement and benefit of Ballarat. He took a keen interest in the Historical Record Society, St. George’s Society, the Old Colonists' Association, and other institutions. Of a deeply religious nature Mr Crowe was an active member of the Skipton street Methodist Church from its foundation. He took up the profession of school teaching shortly after his arrival in Ballarat, and taught in a number of the district schools until he re tired on a pension, and enjoyed a well earned leisure in his old age. He was, in his earlier days, a much travelled man, having been a sailor, and could, tell many a good story of the stirring days of California and other parts of America. He has narrated how, after a seven months’ voyage from England, he arrived, at the Gomen Gate, San Francisco, on the 3rd of August, 1850, and a forest of the unclothed masts of 500 vessels became visible. He possessed a great fund of anecdote, both as to other countries and this, and often entertained his friends, besides giving to the Historical Record Society valuable papers on the early days. For some months past he had been very feeble, but though his body grew weaker his mind continued strong and active. He was a keen cricketer, and was one of the founders of the Ballarat Cricket Club. The late Mr Crowe leaves a widow and family to mourn their loss, and his demise will be keenly regretted by many friends.
--Clare K.Gervasoni 00:37, 11 April 2021 (AEST)