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Masters Family
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Joseph Masters was born in Islington, London in 1845. In 1849 Joseph arrived in Victoria per the Clifton with his family. Also travelling on the Clifton was his future wife Anne Anderson and her family. Anne and Joseph married in Melbourne in 1872 and had two children there - William Edward (b.1873) and Alfred Harold (b.1875). Joseph became a teacher, gaining a position in 1863 at Sandhurst public School. After obtaining a Masters degree at Melbourne University, he was ordained a minister of the Congregational Church at Stalwell. He travelled to Tasmania over the next few years to undertake the post of Congregational Minister at Formby (West Devonport), the Don, the Forth, Ulverstone and Gawler. In 1876 he accepted another pastorate at Albury NSW. While in Albury in 1878 Anne and Joseph's third child Rosa was born - Rosa (d.1954). Masters spent a decade in Albury, playing a key role in the establishment of Albury High School. In 1887 he was appointed Inspector of Schools in Tasmania in 1887. At this time the family moved permanently to Tasmania. Joseph went on to be Director of the Northern District and Secretary of the Department of Education, retiring in 1919. After retirement Joseph and Ann returned to Victoria, where Joseph passed away in 1925.
William Edward Masters (1872-1952), solicitor at Masters, Tining and Propsting, married Rowena Ella Spong on 29 December 1910. They had two children Frank William (1911-1996) and Winifred Ella (later Wood, 1915 - 1979). Rowena was the daughter of Augustus Nash Spong, chemist and part of the maritime Nash Spong family.
Alfred Harold Masters (b.1875-1951) was a Launceston based architect, a pioneer of radio-telegraphy and x-ray photography. Masters designed many of the main Launceston buildings and also carried out work in Adelaide and Melbourne. He later confined himself to residential architecture. Alfred married Alice Weymouth in 1899. They had three daughters, Joyce (nee Forward), Muriel, and Thelma, and a son Alan.
Information Sources:
Mercury 30 January 1911; SC207/1/479; The News, 21/9/1925, p.4; Australian Christian World, 24/1/1919; Examiner, 4/9/1925, p.4; Examiner 28/4/1951,p.4
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NS273 Copies of Prints from Albums Lent by Frank William Masters01 Jan 185731 Dec 1921

NS6686 Family History Research01 Jan 192101 Sep 1949