Stewart Keightley's residence, 44 The Terrace, Newcastle, NSW, 7 October 1887
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beachcomberaustralia: Good to see it is still there (with new gateposts and railings) - Google Street view - maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&...
Thank you to Mr Philip (Keightley) Brown for his information and corrections. He writes: I’m just pointing out here that it was Stewart, not Stuart, Keightley’s residence. He named it Ercildoune. The plans (I have copies) show it at 40 Terrace Street (its current location), and 44 Terrace Street as the shown on the photo’s caption. The oldest plans (at 44 Terrace Street) shows the plans were done for Stewart’s wife, Mary Nora Keightley, for new electrical wiring. She died in 1928. The second set of plans titled “Hill House, 40 Terrace Street, South Newcastle” – was commissioned by Newcastle Hospital which owned the house for a while from 1951 (I think my father said it was used as a Nurse’s residence and unfortunately many fittings such as chandeliers and balustrades were stripped out) well after Stewart’s wife died. One of the pages I sent you (the consultant report, section 3.6) says the original land was part of a 2,000 acre grant, sold to Charles Bolton, then he sold it to Stewart Keightley...perhaps Stewart’s purchase was a larger block than it later became. However the house is definitely the one at the corner of Terrace St and Cliff Street. You’ll see the view of it from the Cliff Street side on Google Maps below. After his death in 1907, the house was kept on by his wife, Mary Nora Stewart (nee Broughton). She left the house in the care of her daughter, Florence Vivienne Brown, nee Keightley (my grandmother) who lived there for some years with my father, Colin, from 1917. The house was sold by the Keightley Estate in 1936. Stewart’s career included being Manager of the Newcastle Coal Co., Mayor of Newcastle, Consul to the United States and Consul to Cuba. I’ve also attached his invitation to the Commonwealth Inauguration, just a piece of extra interesting trivia. DEATH OF MR. STEWART KEIGHTLEY [NMH 9 January 1907] Mr Stewart Keightley, for 30 years manager of the Newcastle Coal-mining Company and a highly respected, public-spirited citizen, died yesterday at his residence, Terrace-street, Newcastle aged 59 years. All flags on public buildings were lowered to half-mast in the afternoon. The deceased gentleman had been confined to his bed for a week past, but the end was rather unexpected, the cause of death being cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Keightley's death will be felt as a great loss to the city where, during the fulfilment of many public duties, he has gained a wide circle of friends. The loss to the colliery proprietors with be a severe one, as he was one of the "strong men" in all deliberations regarding the industrial situation on the coal fields. Mr. Keightley was a prominent member of the memorable conference with the miners in September, when his tact and perspicuity were largely instrumental in warding off an industrial crisis. The deceased gentleman was first elected alderman for the City Ward in 1881, and he occupied the mayoral chair in 1884, retiring in 1885. He was appointed Vice-Consul for the United States in 1893, and from that year until 1896 had sole charge of the Consulate at Newcastle. In 1897 he was appointed the United States Vice and Deputy Consul. During his whole connection with the Consulate he had the entire confidence of the United States Government, who valued his commercial reports. He also held the Vice and Deputy Consulship for Cuba. The deceased was a charter member of the City Club, and the former president of the Chamber of Commerce. For many years prior to his decease he was director in the Newcastle Permanent Investment and Building Company. The late Mr. Keightley leaves a widow, two sons, and four daughters. Mr. Keightley was born in the North of Ireland in 1847. His father was an Irishman descended from an old English family, to which Keightley the actor and Keightley the historian belonged. When only eight years of age young Keightley, the only child, sailed from Ireland with his parents in the American ship Connecticut, and arrived in Sydney, where his family remained for some time, after which they went to Melbourne. When about 16 years of age Stewart Keightley entered the service of the Melbourne and Hobson's Bay Railway Company, remaining there for about 16 years, during which, through his industry and ability, he attained to high office. About this time the Newcastle Coal-mining Company was formed in Melbourne to work certain leases secured near Newcastle, and Mr. Keightley, then in his thirty-second year, was appointed manager of Newcastle. He assumed control over the mines, and acted as manager up to the time of his death. Mr. Jas. Curley, secretary of the Colliery Employees' Federation, referring to the deceae of Mr. Keightley yesterday afternoon, said they had been friends for a large number of years. Although a strenuous fighter for his company, Mr. Keightley was a man of unchallenged honesty and probity. No matter how hard he fought during arbitration, he never retained any sign of animosity outside. At their last conference, a little more than a week ago, in connection with the Glebe miners, Mr. Keightley observed that they had engaged in many a good battle, but their friendly relations were never interrupted. "During the whole of his term as manager," concluded Mr. Curley, "he rarely had a dispute with his workmen which led to a stoppage of the mines,and generally managed to work his collieries without stoppage." The internment will take place to-day. THE LATE STEWART KEIGHTLEY, Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907) Wednesday 16 January 1907 p. 37 trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/71588415 Mr. Stewart Keightley, manager of the Newcastle Coal Mining Company, died rather u expectedly at his resldence, Terrace-street, Newcastle, on January 8, at the age of 59. He had been confined to his bed for a week, the Immediate cause of death being cerebral hemorrhage. Born In 1847 In the north of Ireland, at the age of 8 young Keightley, whose father was an Irishman descended from an old English family, to which Keightley, the historian, and Keightley, the actor, belonged, sailed from Ireland with his parents for Sydney. After a brief stay, they went to Melbourne, and at the age of 16 Stewart Keightley entered the servlce of the Melbourne and Hobson's Bay Railway Company, where he remained for sixteen years. The Newcastle Coal Mining Company was about this time formed In Melbourne to work certain leases at Newcastle, and Mr. Keightley, then 32 years old, was appointed manager. The deceased was one of the most public spirited men in Newcastle, and during the fulfilment of many public duties gained a wide circle of friends in the district and in the city, where his loss will be greatly felt. His death causes a gap among the colliery proprietors that will be hard to fill, as he was regarded as one of the strong men. There ls no doubt that his tact, even judgment, and clear-headedness were responsibly for averting industrial conflict in September last year. Mr. Kelghtley was elected an alderman In 1881, and filled the Mayoral chair In 1884, retiring in 1886. He held the posts of Vice and Deputy-Consul for the United States, whose Government placed a high value on his commercial reports, and be occupied similar positions for Cuba. Mr. Kelghtley, who was formerly president of the Chamber of Commerce, leaves a widow, two sons, and four daughters. THE LATE STEWART KEIGHTLEY (Source Unknown. Photo of Stewart Keightley caption "Photo. by Charleston") Mr. Stewart Keightley, for 30 years manager of the Newcastle Coal -mining Company, and a highly respected, Public spirited citizen, died last week at his residence, Terrace-street, Newcastle, aged 59 years, the cause of death being cerebral hemorrhage. He was born in the North of Ireland, and came to Australia with his parents when eight years of age. Mr. J Keightley's death means a great loss to Newcastle, where, during the fulfilment (sic) of many public duties, he had gained a wide circle of friends. The loss to the colliery proprietors is a severe one, as he was one of the "strong men" in all deliberations regarding the industrial situation on the coalfields. For many years he acted as Vice and Deputy Consul at Newcastle for the United States, and during his whole connection with the Consulate be had the entire confidence of the United States Government, who valued his commercial reports . He also held the Vice and Deputy Consulship for Cuba. The deceased was a charter member of the City Club, and was formerly president of the Chamber of Commerce. For many years prior to his decease he was director in the Newcastle Permanent Investment and Building Company. He had served for some years as an alderman, and had occupied the Mayoral chair. The late Mr. Keightley leaves a widow, two sons, and four daughters.SubjectNewcastle, NSWMayor of Newcastle"Ercildoune"HousesResidencesKeightley, Stewart Date7th October 1887Sourcehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/4806939451/
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