Ralph William Sharp (1873 - 1927)



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in Toorak, VIC Australia


in at William Street, in Armadale, Washington Australia

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at Karrakatta Cemetry, Railway Rd, in Karrakatta, Washington Australia


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William Street, in Armadale, Washington Australia

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Father: George James Sharp
Mother: Eliza Mason

Wife: Maud Julia Ann Abbott Sharp
Children with Maud Julia Ann: Ethel Maud Sharp, Leslie Sharp, Thelma Sharp, Lillian Sharp, and Mervyn Sharp


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1873 - In the year that Ralph William Sharp was born, on May 27th, German archaeologist and businessman Heinrich Schliemann found what he said was "Priam's Treasure" - confirming the existence of ancient Troy. The find in Hissarlik Turkey is still disputed as being a part of Troy.

1888 - At the age of just 15 years old, Ralph was alive when on August 7th, the body of a prostitute was found in the Whitechapel section of London. Martha Tabram had been stabbed 39 times - a possible but not confirmed victim of Jack the Ripper. On August 31st, the body of Mary Ann Nichols was found - stabbed and mutilated. On September 8th, the body of Annie Chapman was found - throat slit and disemboweled. On September 30th, Elizabeth Stride, also a prostitute in Whitechapel, was found dead from a slit throat. Within an hour, another body was discovered - Catherine Eddowes'. She was far more savagely murdered and it is thought that the Ripper had more time with her. Then, on November 9th, the body of prostitute Mary Jane Kelly was found in a boarding room in Whitechapel. Considered to be the probable fifth, and last, of Jack the Ripper's victims, Kelly's was the most savage of his murders.

1916 - When he was 43 years old, the U.S. National Park Service - part of the Department of the Interior - was created by an act of Congress in August. The Park Service was charged with the dual role of "preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment". The resources managed by the National Park Service have often been referred to as the "crown jewels" of the United States.

1920 - Ralph was 47 years old when in September, a bomb exploded in the J.P. Morgan bank building in New York City, killing 30 people immediately - 8 later died due to their injuries - and injuring another 200. Killing more people than the 1910 bombing of the LA Times (the deadliest terrorist act up until then), no one took responsibility and the perpetrators were never found. Italian anarchists were suspected of the bombing.

1927 - In the year of Ralph William Sharp's passing, aviator and media darling Charles Lindbergh, age 25, made the first successful solo TransAtlantic flight. "Lucky Lindy" took off from Long Island in New York and flew to Paris, covering  3,600 statute miles and flying for 33 1⁄2-hours. His plane "The Spirit of St. Louis" was a fabric-covered, single-seat, single-engine "Ryan NYP" high-wing monoplane designed by both Lindbergh and the manufacturer's chief engineer.

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edit Ralph William Sharp & Maud Julia Ann Abbott Sharp
around January 23, 1901 - Jul (death)
Albury, NSW
Ralph William Sharp
Ralph William Sharp & Maud Julia Ann Abbott Sharp
around January 23, 1901 - Jul (death)
Albury, NSW

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The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), Saturday 23 April 1927, page 1

SHARP.— The Friends of tha late Ralph William Sharp, of William street Armadale; dearly beloved husband of Maud Sharp and loving lather of Ethel (Mrs. Edward), Leslie, Thelma, Lillian and Mervyn, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Anglican Cemetery, Karrakatta. The Funeral is appointed to leave the Private Mortuary of Messrs. C.H. Smith and Co.. 281 Newcastle Street, Perth, at 2.30 o'clock THIS (Saturday) AFTERNOON, per motor. Friends wishing to attend the Funeral may proceed by the 2.35 train leaving Perth and 1.34 -rain from Armadale. 'C. H. SMITH and CO- Undertakers, 2S1 ?N«wcaitle-stxeet, Perth. Tel. A1231. 175 Albany--road, Victoria Park, Tel. .A3416.

SHARP. — Members of the above Lodge, and the Order in general, are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of our late Brother Ralph William Sharp (late I.G.), which will take place in the Anglican portion of the Karrakatta Cemetery, at 3 o'clock THIS (Saturday) AFTERNOON. Those wishing to attend the Funeral, may proceed by the 3 p.m. tram leaving Perth and the 1.34 p.m. train from. Armadale. H. MAIR. W.M,
A. RICHARDSON, Secretary.

ARMADALE FOOTBALL CLUB. SHARP. — Members of the Armadale Foot ball Club are respectfully invited to follow the remains of their late club mate to the place of interment the Anglican Cemetery, Karrakatta. . The Funeral is appointed to leave C .H. Smith and Co.'s Private Mortuary at 2.30 o'clock THIS AFTERNOON. Friends wishing to attend may proceed by the 1.34 p.m. train from Armadale and 2.35 p.m. train from Perth. RON HARRISON, Hon. Secretary.

WESTRALTAN .BRICKYARD AND POTTERY UNION. SHARP — The Members of the above Union are respectfully invked to follow the remains of our late Comrade, Ralph Sharp, ex president of the Union, to the place of interment the Anglican portion of .the Karrakatta Cemetery. Members attending may catch the 2.30 p.m. train from Perth and the 1.34 p.m. train from Armadale.
WM. McDONALD, President , A. W. RICHARDSON. Secretary

The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), Thursday 12 May 1927, page 9

The funeral of the late Mr. Ralph Wil liam Sharp, of William-street, Armadale, whose death occurred on April 22, took place on Saturday, April 23, and, was very largely attended by his comrades and many brethren of the Goolamerup Lodge. Mr. Sharp, who was 54 years of age, was born in Toorak, Victoria, but came to this State in the early nineties, and went to the Norseman goldfields, and for the last twenty years he had resided in Armadale. The funeral cortege moved from C. H. Smith and Co., Undertakers, Newcastle. Street, and proceeded to the Anglican portion of the Karrakatta Cemetery. The Rev. Lindsay, assisted by tlne Rev. Lin oln Sullivan, officiated at the graveside, after which the Goolamerup Lodge, Kelmscott, held the lodge service over their late brother. Mr, Mair, assisted by Mr. Kendall, read the service. The chief mourners were: Mrs. R. W. Sharp (wife). Ethel (Mrs. Edwards), Thelma, Lillian (daughters), Leslie and Mervyn (sons), Mrs. Blain (cousin), Leslie, Bert, Arthur (brothers), Mrs. Pratt, Mrs. Broom (sisters), Mrs. A. Sharp, Mrs. B. Sharp, Mrs. L. Sharp (sisters-in-law), Mr, W. Edwards (son-in-law), Mr. L. Broom, Mr. S. Pratt (brothers-in-law), C. Sharp, R. Sharp, K, Sharp, A. Sharp, L. Stewart (nepnews), Mr. and Mrs. Walley and son, also Mr. Tyler (son-in-law), A. Cornish, W. Cornish and Mrs. G. Gregson. The pallbear ers were : Messrs. A. Cornish. C. Walley, T. Billings, B. Hand, Mr. Robertson, Mr. Blackwood. A large number of handsome wreaths were placed on the grave, and numerous communications of sympathy have been received by the bereaved relatives. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of C. H. Smith and Co., Undertakers, Newcastle-street. Perth.

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