Arthur MOSS, ,of the Great Western Railway Co in Gloucestershire, England,and Station Master,of Katoomba,New South Wales

Male 1850 - 1929  (79 years)


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  • Name Arthur MOSS 
    Suffix ,of the Great Western Railway Co in Gloucestershire, England,and Station Master,of Katoomba,New South Wales 
    Born 1850  Capel, St Mary, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Oct 1929  the Blue Mountains Anzac Memorial Hospital, Katoomba, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref: The Blue Mountain Star (Katoomba, NSW : 1929 - 1931) Sat 9 Nov 1929

      THE LATE ARTHUR MOSS
      The following life story, which is of historical interest,was written specially for the "Star" by Mr R. J. Moss, a son of the late Mr Moss, who is a bank manager in Queensland.
      A further link in the chain of the early days of Katoomba and the Blue Mountains was severed on Wednesday last, October 30, in the passing of an old and esteemed resident and public servant in the person of the late Mr Arthur Moss,retired stationmaster. After a very brief and unexpected illness he passed peacefully away in the Blue Mountains Anzac Memorial Hospital, Katoomba, where everything possible was done to prolong a life of usefulness and contentment.

      The deceased was born at Capel St. Mary, Suffolk, England,in 1850. Resigning from a position of stationmaster with the Great Western Railway Co in Gloucestershire, England, he came to this colony with his family in 1884.He immediately entered the service of the N.S.W. Government Railways, and after a period of two years at the old Redfern Railway Station he was appointed as night officer at Katoomba in 1886, with Mr Charles James as statlonmaster.The town then consisted of about a dozen houses, with coal mining as its chief industry. Accommodation being scarce, he erected the residence wherein he spent his retiring years. After four years as night officer the department spoke of transferring him. Messrs McKlllop and Fowler initiated a testimonial to show his superior officers that he was held in such estimation by the inhabitants of Katoomba that his removal would be anything but acceptable to them. He was presented with a purse of sovereigns in recognition of the universal esteem in which he was held, by them, and as a slight reward for his invariable courtesy and unremitting attention to their requirements.It certainly had the desired effect of bringing him under the favorable notice of his superior officers.He held the position for a further three years, after which time he succeeded Mr James as stationmaster,which position he held for 19 years,devoting himself to loyal service with the department and a faithful and tactful discharge of his duties to the public.He was the recipient of many mementoes from visitors to the town, which sere fitting tributes for the many kindnesses it was always his character to bestow. Amongst the donors were Sir Frederick Darley and Sir Harry Rawson, and other distinguished officers of State. He guided the destiny of the station throughout the many difficult years of Katoomba's growth from the little mining town to the premier tourist resort of New South Wales, when it was bard to convince the department of the increasing demands for better travelling facility. During those years of expansion he certainly had scope for, and disclosed his ability in meeting the requirements of the public; and throughout those years there was never an accident within the precincts of Katoomba. But few know of the many bitter winter nights when, after 12 hours' duty during the day, he was called from his bed to assume charge of gangs engaged in clearing snow, or tending a dangerous breach in embankments caused by washaways, to ensure the safety of passengers on the midnight mail trains.He retired from the service in 1913, upon which the public of Katoomba endorsed their appreciation of his services by a suitable presentation, and the members of the staff made him a presentation of a panoramic photograph of the railway station and its surroundings. He derived much pleasure from relating amusing incidents connected with the earlier celebrities. He derived much pleasure from relating the incidents which prompted the caricatures of the late Phil May of "Bulletin" renown, during his sojourn in the town, as that worthy generally showed him the originals prior to their dispatch for publication. His kindly and devoted wife predeceseased him by six years,and memory of her will live long in the minds,of many old friends still resident on the Mountains.

      He leaves five children and eight grandchildren to mourn their loss. The former are: Mr W. A. Moss, of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; Mrs H. Hutton, Katoomba; Mrs E.S. Craig, Griffith; Mrs E. S. Cleaves, Sydney, and Mr R. J. Moss,manager of the Commercial Bank of Australia, at Wondai, Queensland,(the latter a native of Katoomba) .The deceased was a trustee and foundation member of the Loyal Jersey Lodge, local branch of the U.A.O.D., the members of which were inattendance as pall-bearers.The cortege moved from his late residence in West End Street, following a brief service conducted by Rev. Taylor, who also officiated at the graveside. He was interred in the Church of England portion of the local cemetery. The Arch Druid of the local branch conducted the ceremonial of the Order. Many beautiful floral tributes were received.
    Buried 31 Oct 1929  Church of England Cemetery, Katoomba, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I27714  Kirkpatrick Family
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2016 

    Family Sarah THORNTON,   b. 1849, Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, England. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1923, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1878  Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Arthur,Sarah and family arrived in NSW on 6 Aug 1883 on the vessel,Illawarra
    Children 
     1. Wilfred Arthur MOSS, ,of Pietermaritzburg,South Africa,   b. 1879, St James, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Helena Maria MOSS,   b. 1880, Lyonshall, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970, Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. Frances Kate MOSS,   b. 1883, Kington, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F9333  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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