Monday, August 31, 2015

The Late Mr. Gavin Scoular

Mr. Scoular, a native of Lanarkshire, who at the time of his death was 63 years of age, landed in South Australia, on August 2, 1848, and was consequently a colonist of 39 years standing.  On the 3rd August, he with his wife came to the Gawler Plains and entered into the employment of Mr. Umpherstone, Mrs. Umpherstone being his aunt, for whom he worked for twelve months.  He then acquired some land to which he constantly added and where he has resided up to the time of his death.  He was much esteemed by a large circle of friends and was for some time Chairman of the District Council.  

The deceased gentleman was a striking example of what may be done by a man who, possessing no great educational advantages, has the desire and ability to attain knowledge, and the services which he has rendered to geology in this colony will not soon be forgotten.  He had a very complete acquaintance with the geology of the colony, and his published writings, although not of very large extent, show that he took a wide grasp of the question.  That he had sought to master the intricate subject of climatic changes was shown in a paper which he read before the Royal Society in 1885. For some time prior to his death he had been preparing a supplementary paper to that he had obtained evidence of the migration of forms of life to and from southern regions, and was preparing to elaborate this as evidence of his contentions in the paper mentioned.  His published writings, which win be found in the ' Transactions of the Royal Society,' were in 1878 a paper dealing with the region of mineral veins in the Barossa district; in 1879-80 the first and second parts of the geology of Munno Para — (this was accompanied by a geological map of the district, prepared by himself, and was an excellent specimen of detailed work); in 1881 a sketch of the geology of the district around Manoora, in 1882 the geology in the neighbourhood of Gawler, and the geology of the country between the Burra and Farina j in 1885, past climatic changes, with special reference' to the occurrence of the glacial epoch in Australia ; and in 1886 a paper dealing with the geology of the west side of Lake-Eyre.  He was a thorough student, and his geological library is probably unequalled in the colony. The great care which he took and the ability be displayed in forming his 'opinions on geological matters always made his papers worthy of consideration by scientists. Mr. Scoular always took an interest in public matters, and was for some time a member of the Munno Para East District Council.  When the volunteer movement was first started here the deceased gentleman took a prominent part in it, and at that time was considered one of our best shots. He made many friends, who will regret the loss which they have sustained.  Mr. Scoular has left a widow, two sons, and three daughters.  
One son is an engineer at Messrs Bryer, Peacock & Co., Manchester and one of his daughters is married. On Saturday last, March 26, Mr. Scoular was buried in the Willaston cemetery, the funeral ceremony being conducted by the Rev. J. Gordon. The body was conveyed from the house to the grave and followed by forty conveyances in which were representatives from fall part of the Oolong. Amongst them we noticed the Hon. James Martin, M.L.C., and Mr. Bagster, M.P., for Yatala.  We are informed that Mr. Gilbert, would also have been present, but was not aware of the funeral in time. The coffin was lowered into the grave by Messrs. J. Alexander, R Paterson, G. (Bald and A. Adams. We understand that the deceased gentleman left no will. During the passing of the funeral procession, through Gawler, all business was suspended.

Bunyip Friday 1 April 1887

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