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Item: 130882
Surname: Allan
First Name: Captain David Tait
Ship: -
Date: 1860 2 March
Place: Watt Street Newcastle
Source: SMH
Details: W.H. Whyte, Captain Allen, the harbour master, Mr. Knight and F. Ash, entered the premises of the Hall of Commerce when it caught fire to assist in fighting the fire


 
Item: 92021
Surname: Allan
First Name: David T
Ship: -
Date: 1863
Place: Newcastle
Source: Australian Almanac
Details: Harbour Master


 
Item: 121090
Surname: Allan
First Name: David T
Ship: -
Date: 1864
Place: Newcastle
Source: Australian Almanac
Details: Harbour Master at Newcastle


 
Item: 200007
Surname: Allan (obit)
First Name: David Tait
Ship: -
Date: 5 August 1891
Place: Newcastle
Source: Newcastle Morning Herald
Details: DEATH OF CAPTAIN ALLAN. The public will regret to learn that Captain Allan, an old and highly-esteemed resident of this city, passed away at his residence, Ordnance-street, at five minutes to 12 o clock yesterday. The deceased gentleman was born at Leith, Scotland, and remained there during his early boyhood. At the age of 15 years he went to sea, and so rapidly did he acquire the art of seamanship and a complete knowledge of navigation that he was placed in command of a fine vessel when he was 20 years old. From that time on till 1856 he traded to various ports and the old world, and he then brought a ship called the Henrietta to Australian waters. Being very favourably impressed with Sydney, he deter mined to remain there; and having given over the command of his vessel, he was very quickly installed in a lucrative position under Captain Towns—a gentleman of considerable standing in the metropolis at that time. In 1858 Captain Allan was appointed harbourmaster at Newcastle, and he continued to hold office until 1884 when, much to the regret of the public, he resigned and retired into private life. Beside the position of harbourmaster, he held that of chairman of the Marine Board for a number of years with satisfaction. About three and a half years ago he became very ill from an attack of congestion of the brain, and it was thought that he would not survive. His magnificent constitution and abstemious mode of living, however, won a partial victory over the terrible complaint, and he became so well that he regained almost all his mental vigour, and commanded sufficient physical strength to walk about and enjoy life in a quiet, peaceful way. He appeared in his usual condition of health yesterday morning, and, after breakfasting, proceeded on to the balcony, and seemed to derive consider able pleasure from the fresh, balmy air. A few minutes before noon, he walked into his room and, sitting down in his arm-chair, laid his head back, and expired without a sigh. Mrs. and Miss Allan were out at the time, so that the event was quite unexpected. The deceased s full name was David Tait Allan; he was 74 years of age, and leaves a wife and three daughters, all of whom came to New castle with him, and have lived here ever since. Immediately the news was circulated through the city, the flags of the various vessels in port were lowered to half-mast. The funeral will leave for the Presbyterian portion of the Sandgate Cemetery at 8 o clock this afternoon.



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