FH Piesse Funeral

FH Piesse Funeral

FH Piesse Funeral
Frederick Piesse

The Funeral of Frederick Henry Piesse MLA CMG

2 July, 1912



FH Piesse Funeral

From the Western Mail
6 July 1912


Katanning, July 2.

The high esteem to which the late Mr. F H. Piesse, C.M.G., was held, not only in Great Southern districts, but throughout the State, was impressively shown today when the funeral took place at the Katanning Cemetery.

Old Western Australians who were present expressed the opinion that it was quite the largest funeral procession that bad been seen in any part of the country districts.

Settlers came from all quarters into Katanning to pay their tribute of respect to the memory of one whose name was a cherished household word amongst them.

The Government fittingly recognised the homage which was due to such a distinguished colonist and politician, the close whose useful career had evoked a general feeling of sadness, and a special train arrived at an early hour this morning with a Ministerial and Parliamentary party.

Perhaps a larger number of legislators had been expected, to take advantage of the arrangements made by the Government, but the company was thoroughly representative of both branches of the Legislature.

Lieut. Colonel Campbell A.D.C., attended as the representative of His Excellency the Governor.

Shortly before 10 o’clock this morning those who were to join in the procession assembled on the grounds in front “Kobeelya,” the residence of the deceased gentleman, and the cortege moved off at 20 minutes past 10 o’clock.

The coffin, which was covered with an abundance floral tributes, was conveyed to St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, where the first potion of the service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Parish.

The hymns “Now the Labourer’s Task is O’er” and “Lead, Kind Light” were sung and added much impressiveness to the occasion.

The Town Band, which was stationed outside of the church, played the Dead March in Saul, and then the long march to the cemetery, two and a half miles distant, was Commenced.

The order of the procession on leaving the church was as follows: Town Band with muffled drums; the clergy and choir, pall-bearers and hearse; the chief mourners all walking; the parliamentary party; about 80 employees of the firm of Messrs. P. & C. Piesse; representatives of local government bodies; members of the Farmers and Producers’ Union; and lodge members, including Freemasons, A.N.A., Hibernian and Rechabites.

Then followed a large number of the general public on foot, and over 100 vehicles.

The cortege was calculated to be over half a mile in length, and considerably over 1,000 persons joined in it.

The chief mourners were Messrs. Fred, Harold, and Cecil Piesse (sons), C. A. Piesse M.L.C., A. W. Piesse, W. J. Piesse, A.E. Piesse M.L.À., F. E. Piesse, and A. N. Piesse M.L.A. (brothers), John and George Chipper (brothers-in-law), Austin, Clarence, Leslie, Edmund, Albert, Vernon, James, Oxley, Hector, and Selby Piesse (nephews), Bert, Harry, Maley, and Arthur Chipper (nephews), and Mr. Frank Wilson, M.L.A (relative.).

There were 48 relatives present not including females.

The pall-bearers were Dr. House and Messrs. R. L. Richardson, C. F. Wanke, W. Pemble, W. Grovel and R. Sinclair.

The Ministerial and parliamentary party comprised the Premier (Mr Scaddan), the Minister for Lands and Agriculture (Mr. Bath), the Minister for Works (Mr. Johnson), the Minister for Mines (Mr Collier), the leader of the Opposition (Mr F. Wilson), Messrs. Hamersley and Patrick, Cullen, C. McKenzie, and Davis, M’s.L.C, and Messrs. S. F. Moore, Taylor, Holman, Broun, S. Stubbs, Lander, and E. B. Johnstone Ms.L.A. The others who travelled from the city included the Commissioner of Railway (Mr. J. T. Short), Messrs. J. T. Glowrey, E. C. Barnett; T. Carter (Dalgety and Co.), G. H. Johnstone (Commercial Union In6urance Company), and A. J. Tassie (manager in Perth for Messrs. F. and C. Piesse) and Sinclair, the Town Clerk of Wagin (Mr C. C. Keyser), Mr. W. E. Clarke (president of the Wagin Agricultural Society), and Mr. P. Durack.

Other representatives of local governing bodies were Messrs. M. Brown (Mayor of Narrogin), H. C: Sime (Mayor of Albany), A. J. Tandrey (Dumbleyung Roads Board), A. H. McKenzie, M. J. Ryan, and A. Gee (Broomehill Roads Board), R. Krakoueur and O. Bignell

(Kojonup Roads Board) and W. J. Patterson (Woodanilling Roads Board).

Among the different bodies represented in the cortege were the Rev. Father Reidy (the Hibernian Society), the Rev. D. Dundas (Methodist), the Mayor of Wagin (Mr. J. C. H. Nenke), and Cr. Absolon.

The Katanning Roads Board was represented by Messrs. G. McLeod (chairman), A. Thomson, A. F, Warren, T. W. Langley, T. J. Antonio, W. F. Quartermaine, T. Garstone, A. Prosser, and R. J. Tucker, and the secretary (Mr. P. Stuart).

Other prominent residents of the town and district were Messrs. E. Quartermaine, G. and D. Beard, N. J. Treleaven, W. J. Mansom, W. A. Cussen, F. A. Langley, J. Moyland, J. Fairclough, M. Cronin, E. G. Sims (Kojonup), Ross Anderson, A G. Burt, T. Richardson, and Forsyth Bros, (Kojonup).

Mr. W. J. Mansom represented the South-Western Diocesan Trustees.

The concluding portion of the burial service was conducted in the cemetery by the Rev. Dr. Parish, assisted by the Rev. E. J. Atwell, of Wagin.

The hymns “My God, My Father” and “Rock of Ages” were sung at the graveside, and in the course of a brief address the Rev. Dr. Parish gave expression to his sense of the loss which the community had sustained through the death of Mr. Piesse.

He referred to the deceased as a worthy Christian gentleman and an excellent example to everybody for his earnestness and sincerity of purpose.

With his good services to the country all were familiar – in fact, they bad received the hallmark of Royal recognition – and of his invaluable services to the Church he (Dr. Parish) had had other occasions to speak of.

Mr. Piesse seemed to have been inspired with the recognition that a man is as but a steward to be used for the honour and glory of God and for the good of his fellows.

His sympathetic and kindly nature had endeared him to everybody who knew him, and their deepest sympathies went out to the bereaved family he had left behind.

The lessons of the life of the deceased gentleman were simple and perfectly clear.

Thoroughness of action was one of his great characteristics.

He was full of energy and determination, and above all he had the fear of God in his heart.

He had lived to make the world better and nobler for him having been in it, and now they had laid him to rest.

At the conclusion of the service the procession re-formed, at the cemetery and dispersed at the Church of England.

The aboriginals of the district took the keenest interest in the proceedings, and their grief at the loss of one whom they regarded as their king was pronounced.

The Ministerial and Parliamentary party left on the return journey to Perth at 10 o’clock to-night.


Frederick Harold Piesse was a man well ahead of his time. His vision, passion, drive, and love of his community set Katanning up to be the town it is today. As a community, we have much to thank this man for, even today.
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