"PERSONAL." Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 - 1954) 20 June 1935:
The death occurred on Wednesday morning of Mr. Charles Edward Wakeford, father of Mr. Will Wakeford, the well-known auctioneer, at the age of 76 years.
Mr. Wakeford, who came of a Victorian family of six sons and two daughters, was born at Northcote, Melbourne in 1859, and was a son of Mr. William Wakeford, railway contractor, of New South Wales. Previous to coming to Queensland, he was in charge of the construction of the West Maitland water works, for which his father had the contract, and he assisted his father several years later in the extension of the railway line from Maytown to Laura.
He married a Miss Keane at Cooktown, and acquired the business of tobacconist and newsagent in that town, later moving on to Normanton after the mining boom, where he conducted an hotel. With the rush to Croydon at this period, Mr. Wakeford came to Townsville in 1910, where he joined the auctioneering firm of his brothers, R. A. and S. A. Wakeford in Flinders Street, retiring from that interest about 10 years ago.
During the remaining years of his life, he lived at Surrey Street, Hermit Park.
Mr. Wakeford was predeceased by his first wife about 36 years ago, but he remarried some years later. He was of a very quiet nature, and took no activity whatever in public affairs.
Mr. Wakeford is survived by his wife, son, step-children, brothers, Messrs. H. Wakeford, who is a resident on a sheep station on the Hunter River, and S. O. Wakeford of Townsville, and sister, Mrs. B. Haydon of Bloomfield, Blandford. The funeral, which moved from St Peter's Church, West End, on Wednesday afternoon, was largely attended, and was representative of several local bodies.
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