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ANDERSON, John James Oliphant (1859-1881)

ANDERSON, John James Oliphant (1859-1881)

John Anderson, son of Alexander Anderson and Julia, nee Smiddy was born on 5 August 1859 and enrolled as a boarder at Geelong College from 8 April 1872. His address at enrolment was Stoneleigh, Beaufort. He was re-enrolled in 1876 and his address then was 'Mooramong'. The Annual report of 1875 lists him as awarded 2nd in Gymnastics in the 2nd Class.

The Kyneton Observer newspaper reported his accidental death:
'John, younger son of Mr Alexander Anderson, squatter, near Skipton, was killed last 'Monday, by being thrown trom a buggy and dragged along the road. He was driving a pair of ponies which bolted when one of the wheels - had become - disengaged from the buggy, and then the disaster.'

His father, Alexander Anderson (1813-1896), was among the supporters and founders who established Geelong College.

His brothers, Harry Anderson (1848-1876), Philip Black Anderson (1849-1904), William Anderson (1851-1888), Albert Russell Anderson (1857-1949), were all educated at Geelong College.

Sources: Kyneton Observer 29 March 1881 p3.
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