James (Jas) Brickhill 1846-1908

News was received from Zeehan yesterday of the death, after a short illness, of Mr. James Brickhill. He contracted pneumonia last week, and only took to his bed on Sunday. Since then his condition caused his relatives the keenest anxiety, and as many of his family as was possible were summoned to Zeehan. Yesterday morning he took a turn for the worse, and, notwithstanding the care given him by the doctors, he expired in the afternoon at about 2.30. Three sons-Messrs Lewis (who is in the employ of the "Examiner"), George (of the "Age"), and Frank (of the Electric Telegraph Department at Burnie)-were with him at the last, in addition to his wife and daughter Daisy. Two other sons ---Messrs. Hector and Walter Brickhill are in South Africa. The late Mr. Brickhill was a native of Launceston, and was born in 1846, so that at the time of his death he was in his 61st year. His father, who predeceased him some few years ago, was one of the oldest officials in the Launceston Post Office. Deceased was educated at the Patterson-street Methodist school, and as a boy became connected with the "Examiner" office, when he served his time as a compositor. Subsequently he joined the literary staff, and afterwards held the position of accountant. On January 12, 1882, .Mr. Brickhill became part proprietor of the "Telegraph" with Mr. Bell. In the course of a few months he purchased his partner's interest, and became sole proprietor, and in the following year converted the journal into a daily. This connection lasted for some years, and for a time he edited the paper himself. Deceased was prominent in the Masonic Order, and a member of the Grand Lodge of Tasmania. He will be remembered as having occupied the position of secretary to the Tasmanian Juvenile Exhibition, which took place in Launceston early in 1898, during the last Mayoralty of the late Alderman S. J. Sutton." The proceeds of this exhibition went to pay for the children's fountain, which now stands at the entrance of the City Park gates. When the old City Stock Exchange was formed, Mr. Brickhill undertook the duties of secretary, and remained in that position until the Exchange became defunct. In 1900 he secured the secretaryship of the Zeehan Town Board from amongst a number of applicants. Recently the position was merged into council clerk under the municipal council, and Mr. Brickhill carried out the duties appertaining to the office with every credit. During his Zeehan residence, he continued his associations with the Manchester Unity Order, and took an active part in Masonic matters. Music also claimed a portion of his spare time, and he was a member of the Zeehan Orpheus Club. Deceased was always of a progressive mind, and was   a great believer in the possibilities of Tasmania. Of a genial disposition, he claimed a host of friends in all parts of the island, and much regret will be expressed at the news of death. Some few years ago he figured in the ranks of the candidates for election to the Federal Parliament, and will be remembered as having put up a great fight against Mr. King O'Malley in the Darwin electorate. The remains are to be brought to Launceston for interment. The body will arrive by the coast train on Tuesday, and the funeral procession will leave immediately after for Carr Villa Cemetery.


  • First Council of Zeehan 1907

  • Head Stone at Carr Villa Cemetery Launceston

  • James Brickhill 1887