OBITUARY: Arthur Edward HOPPER, 1876-1941

Werribee Shire Banner (Victoria, Australia) – Thursday 28 August 1941

Although ailing for the past few months, no immediate concern was felt for the health of Mr. Albert Edward Hopper  until Tuesday night last, when his condition became suddenly alarming. Despite expert attention, he sank rapidly and passed away at his home in Greaves Street, shortly before midnight.

The late Mr. Hopper, who was the third son of the late Mr. Stephen Hopper, after which Hopper’s Crossing is named, was born in the district a little over 65 years ago, and resided in Werribee for practically the whole of his life. For many years he followed the occupation of carpenter and painter and undertook contracts for the erection of dwellings in the district. He also extensively engaged in poultry farming, and was a recognised judge of show stock, being a constant and successful exhibitor at the Melbourne Royal and country shows. Among some of his successful hobbies was the rearing and disposal of Irish terriers. When the Werribee Coursing Club was at the height of his popularity Mr. Hopper took an active interest in the sport and was a familiar figure at the Plumpton, where he was usually engaged in the hare yards. Sympathy is felt for the bereaved wife and daughter who have been left to mourn their loss.

The remains were interred in the Werribee cemrtery on Saturday afternoon, when many district residents paid their last respects. The coffin was borne to the grave by Messrs. A. Smith, W. Pederick and F. Napthine (brothers-in-law) and L. Balfour (nephew). The pall was supported by Messrs. D. Shields, H. Smith and A. Miller (brother-in-laws), A. Hopper, junr. (nephew), and E. A. Stein- fort, J. King, W. Slattery and M. Reidy.

The service at the graveside was conducted by Rev. F. P. Edwards and the mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Mr. E. W. Jackson, the well-known Williamstown undertaker.

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