Edward Phillip Kimmins (1864 - 1924)

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Birthplace: Stanley, South Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Death: Died in Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
Managed by: Selwyn Feary
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OBITUARY of Edward Phillip Kimmins One of the best known residents of Toowoomba, as ex-alderman of the City Council, and a Deputy Mayor, in the person of Mr Edward Phillip Kimmins, passed away at his residence early yesterday afternoon, after a fairly extended illness, at the age of 60 years. For some time past it had been obvious to his intimate friends that the late Mr Kimmins had not enjoyed the best of health, but he was one of those who would not give in until he was compelled to do so. It was as and alderman of the City Council that the deceased was best known, and during the time he was in the Council he endeavoured to do his best for those whom he represented. His experience as a plumber enabled him to accept the position of Chairman of the Waterworks Committee in the Council, to which he did full justice. Prior to his retirement from the Council, and during the dry spell of last year, teh late Mr Kimmins was untiring in his efforts to ensure for the ratepayers and residents of the city an adequate and constant supply of water for domestic and other purposes. Apart from his knowledge of water, deceased was a man who kept himself well versed with problems of the day. He was a keen debater on almost any topic, and the views he expressed on any subject, which he brought forward in the Council commanded the general attention ot the aldermen.

The late Mr Kimmins was born in Brisbane, and came to Toowoomba at a fairly early age. At the outset of his career, he envinced an interest in plumbing, and, joining the staff of Mr E Smart, who at one time occupied a seat in the State Parliment, he worked his way up until finally he held the position of foreman. The late Mr Kimmins had been associated with Mr Smart for 23 years, and finally he decided to launch out in busines on his own account. This he did in premises nearly opposite the Post Office in 1909, and during the intervening years up to the present time he had worked up a connection which affords constant employment to a good number of employees. In pre-war days he had as many as 16 hands on his payroll. During the greater part of the time that he had been in business, the late Mr Kimmins had received the invaluable assistance and support of his eldest son, Mr Victor Kimmins, who really of late years has been acting in the capacity of manager.

Deceased, who married Miss S. A. Moore of Poplar, London, was a prominent Freemason, and at the time of his demise held the rank of Past Master in the English Lodge, after having gone through all the chairs.

The late Mr Kimmins was also a keen supporter of the Friendly Society movement, being connected with the Protestant Alliance Lodge of Queensland, of which on one occasion he was Grand Master. At the recent conference of the Society held in Toowoomba special reference was made to the prominent part deceased had taken in its welfare.

The late Mr Kimmins also took a keen interest in fire brigade matters, and long before the days of the present engines he held the position of deputy superintendant for upwards of 20 years. He took part in fighting some of the biggest conflagrations in those days, and his advice and assistance always proved invaluable.

Of later years he held a seat on the Fire Brigade Board, as one of the Council's representatives, and anything he considered necessary in the interest of the firemen was advocated by him. For some time past he had held a position on the Tarampa Shire Council, where his knowledge of local aurthority affairs generally proved most useful.

Recently on his behalf his son, Fireman F Kimmins, received a meritorious service medal indicative of more than 20 years' association with the fire brigade.

The deceased, who until recently was a member of the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, has left a widow, and a grown up family. The sons are: Messrs Victor, Frank, Edward, Eric, William, and Leslie, and the girls, Mrs S STINSON, of Morven, and Miss Myrtle Kimmins, of Toowoomba.

Immediately upon the receipt of the news of his demise the flag at the Town Hall was flown at half-mast.

The Assistant Home Secretary, Mr F. T. Brennan, last night remarked that he was very sorry to hear of the death of Mr Kimmins, who had always shown that he had the welfare of Toowoomba at heart, and in numerous ways had rendered valuable assistance in securing the advancement of the city.

The funeral will leave his late residence, Victor Street, this afternoon, at 3 o'clock, for the Toowoomba cemetery.

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Edward Kimmins's Timeline

South Brisbane, QLD, Australia
March 6, 1886
Age 22
South Brisbane, QLD, Australia
October 1, 1887
Age 23
Aubigny, Queensland, Australia
December 25, 1889
Age 25
Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
November 26, 1890
Age 26
Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
January 4, 1892
Age 28
Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
October 10, 1895
Age 31
Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
May 9, 1897
Age 33
Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
October 21, 1899
Age 35
Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
May 9, 1901
Age 37
Toowoomba, QLD, Australia