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Item: 198988
Surname: Shedden
First Name: Alexander
Ship: -
Date: 1888
Place: Newcastle
Source: The Aldine centennial history of New South Wales illustrated / W. Frederic Morrison Morrison, W. Frederic Sydney. The Aldine Publishing Company, 1888
Details: ALEXANDER SHEDDEN, J.P., was born in Dreghorn, County of Ayr, Scotland, where he gained his first experience of the building trade. When twenty-six years of age he married, and came on his wedding tour to Tasmania, where he resided for two years. Actuated by the glowing reports of West Maitland which he received from New South Wales, he removed to that district at the time when the Great Northern line was just being opened to East Maitland by Governor Denison. He was a loser by the floods of that period, and removed in the year 1863 to Waratah, where he carried on business, while acting as clerk of works for the Waratah Coal Company, with which he remained for about eight years. He afterwards accepted the same position for the Greta Company, and after the erection of their works was appointed manager of the colliery, which position he resigned to accept the post of clerk of works for Messrs J. and A. Brown, at the Duckenfield and Myrtha collieries. In 1878, having purchased a valuable block of land in the city, he removed to Newcastle, and commenced building operations, erecting a terrace of shops and dwellings, and a doctor s residence ; his property is known as Shedden s buildings. Since his acquisition: of this estate he has been adding every year to his property list some of the most important houses in the district, and which include the offices of the Great Northern Wool Dumping and Shipping Company, four shops and seven dwelling-houses in Charlton-street, two shops and workshops in Blane-street, and a large number of villa residences in Wickham and Islington. He is also a prominent contractor, having erected some of the most effective buildings in the city and district. He is assisted in his business by his four sons, whom he admitted into partnership, and who carry on business under the style of A. Shedden and Sons, employing at times from twenty to fifty hands. The eldest son is working foreman for .1lessrs. Hudson Brothers, Wickham. Our subject has a family of six sons and one daughter, members of the Presbyterian Church, of which he has been an elder for the past twenty years. He is a member of S.C. Lodge of Harmony, Freemasons, Mayor of the municipality of Wickham, and an alderman in the City Council. He is President of the Wickham branch of the Decentralisation League, and a Magistrate of the colony