MR. JOHN SODEN DEAD.
A residence of nearly 60 years of this city, was terminated on Friday afternoon by the death of Mr, John Soden. The deceased gentleman, who was in his 84th year, was born at Bedworth, Warwick- shire, England, and together with his wife he arrived here in the ship Chatsworth in 1862. In his native land Mr. Soden was a ribbon weaver, but he quickly adapted himself to the primitive industrial conditions prevailing in this new country, and after working at various callings he secured the contract for the conveyance of the mails between Brisbane and Rocklea. That really was his first association with horse traction as an employer, and he continued in that useful sphere in one department, or another right up till the end. And a right good employer he proved, both for men and beasts, too. At one time, when omnibuses were the only public means of passenger traffic between the city and some of the outlying suburbs, Mr. Soden’s horses numbered 300. When the electrification of the tramways and the extension of that system into the outer areas pushed the omnibuses off those routes, Mr. Soden turned his attention to the carrying business, in which he permanently established himself. The de- ceased gentleman was a public spirited man, and for 14 years he served the rate- payers of Stephens Shire faithfully and well as a councillor of that area. His popularity was attested by the fact that he never once was opposed for his seat. Over three years ago Mr. and Mrs. Soden, surrounded by a large gathering ot their own children and their children’s children and friends celebrated their diamond wedding. Mrs. Soden still lives, also six sons, one daughter, twenty- three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. The funeral, which took place on Saturday, was largely attended. The wreaths, included tributes from Stephens Shire Council, Stephens Shire Agricultural Society, Coorparoo Shire Council, the employees of the Master Carriers’ Association, members of the A.N.A. No. 3, Fairfield W.C.T.U., Public Works Department employees, and other combinations, as well as a large number of personal friends. The Rev. R. Sayee, of the Fairfield Baptist Church, conducted the service.
From The Telegraph, Monday 24 January 1921, page 5.
Image: Husband and wife Mr & Mrs John Soden, date unknown, SLQ 166031. State Library of Queensland.