ALEXANDER GIBB

 

Mayor 1909 – 1910.

Member of the Liberal Party.

Alexander was elected to the Council on the 1st November 1905, as a representative of the Westgate Ward.

Born: 1842, Leslie, Fife, Scotland.

 

CENSUS

 

1851   South Park’s Farm House, Kinglassie, Fife, Scotland.

 

Alexander was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William, 46, a Farmer of 152 acres – employing 5 labourers.

Elizabeth, 45.

Elizabeth, 21.

Mary, 19.

James, 17.

Alison, 15.

William, 13.

Christina, 6.

Thomas, 3.

 

1861   Telford Road, Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

 

Alexander was 19 years old, an Accountant. He was lodging at the family home of 49 year old, John Munro, an Iron Founder – employing 8 men.

 

1871   No. 1, St. Matthew’s Place, Ipswich.

 

Alexander was 29 years old, a Banker’s Clerk. He was lodging at the family home of 51 year old, Mary Ann Fuller Backhouse (nee Prentice), a widow of independent means.

 

1881   Caithness House, Anglesea Road, Ipswich.

 

Alexander was 39 years old, a Bank Accountant. He was married and head of the household.

Jessie, 35.

Donald, 8.

William, 6.

Anderson, 7.

Owen, 4.

Violet, 2.

David, infant.

Jessie’s niece – Elizabeth Flett, 23, a Nursery & Governess, born Scotland.

1 house servant.

 

1891   13, Cornhill, Ipswich.

 

Alexander was 49, a Bank Manager. He was married and head of the household.

Jessie, 45.

William, 18, a Medical Student.

Anderson, 16.

Owen, 14.

David, 10.

Elizabeth, 8.

Elizabeth Flett, 33, a Governess.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

 

1901   Cornhill, Ipswich.

 

Alexander was 59, a Banker – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Jessie, 58.

David, 20, a Dentist’s Assistant.

Elizabeth, 18.

Elizabeth Flett, 43, Housekeeper.

1 cook.

1 domestic servant.

 

1911   Bank House, 13, Cornhill, Ipswich.

 

Alexander was 69 years old, a Bank Manager & Director – employer. He was married and head of the household.

Jessie, 68.

Elizabeth, 27, an Art Student.

Elizabeth Flett, Housekeeper.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

 

Alexander Gibb died Saturday, 6th June 1925, at his residence Hillside, 26, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich. He had been in failing health for some time.

 

Jessie Gibb died 21st December 1925, Ipswich.

JUDAS MACCABÆUS

On Thursday, 20th January 1910, over 300 members of the Ipswich Choral Society performed in front of a large audience at the Public Hall, Ipswich, Handel’s “Judas Maccabæus.” Mr. William Hockley as conductor. The experience of Madame Luisa Sobrino enabled her to give extremely effective versions of important solos winning generous applause. The chorus was well-balanced, and the sweetness of the soprano voices was a notable feature. The orchestra performed excellent service under the leadership of Mrs. Kate Beatrice Sleightholme-Caswell, with Mr. Charles Holland skilfully on the organ.

PRESENTATION TO WALTER SINCLAIR

During a brief interval of the performance, the Mayor of Ipswich, Alexander Gibb, presented to Walter Sinclair, who was retiring as the hon. secretary, a small token of the esteem and appreciation of the Choral Society, in the form of a handsome chiming clock, subscribed for by the members of the Ipswich Choral Society and provided by Messrs. R.D. Fraser and J.B. Fraser. The Mayor continued to say that Walter Sinclair had been the hon. secretary for 15 years, and during that time they knew how assiduous, energetic and successful Walter had been in carrying out the duties. The Society owed a great deal to him for the ability he had displayed in popularising not only vocal but instrumental music in the town, and he thought it only fitting that they should give him some token of appreciation for his most able services. The clock bore the inscription:

“A token of appreciation from the Ipswich Choral Society to Walter W. Sinclair, Esq., on his retirement from the position of hon. secretary.”

The Mayor, Alexander Gibb added that he hoped the beat of the clock would be as true and regular as Dr. Sinclair’s when he wielded the baton and conducted his orchestral band.

The Mayor also presented Mrs. Jessie Sinclair with a small article of silver with the best wishes of the Society. The clock chiming caused some amusement during the Mayor’s speech!

Walter stepped forward to thank them all for the most unexpected presentation. This he explained was the second time they had played him that most delightful trick, for they gave him a present on the occasion of his marriage. The clock and its most harmonious and tuneful chimes would always recall to him the many harmonious days and years that he had served as their hon. secretary. Walter then received an unmistakable manifestation of the popularity that he had won with Ipswich music lovers. E.A.D.T. – Friday, 21st January 1910

 

In August 1920, Walter retired from his more active work and became the Ophthalmic Consultant at the hospital. But even after stepping back, he still took a keen interest in the work and attended the hospital whenever he could. Evening Star – Thursday, 30th January 1896

 

 

 

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