Hon John Norman Button 1933 - 2008
Tuesday April 8, 2008
Tuesday April 15, 2008
St Michael’s Uniting church,
corner Collins Street and Russell Street,

10.30 a.m.
A State Funeral Service will be held for the Honourable John Button at St Michael’s Uniting church, corner Collins Street and Russell Street, Melbourne, at 10.30 am on Tuesday 15 April 2008.

A private cremation will take place following the service.

It has been requested in lieu of flowers, donations should be given to –
The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation (to assist indigenous students) PO Box 548 Cottesloe WA 6911

Relatives, friends, representatives of organisations and members of the public are welcome to attend. Ushers will be on hand one hour before the commencement of the service.

If you wish to attend please phone the Ceremonial and Protocol Officer on (03) 9665 0522 or (03) 9665 0523 from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm on Monday 14 April.

The Honourable John Norman Button
30th June 1933 ~ 8th April 2008.

Late of Melbourne, Victoria.

John, a former Labor senator passed away
after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

Our condolences are extended to
John's partner Joan, and his children.

Aged 74 years.

Rest In Peace.

On Saturday April 12, 2008, Susan Eggins said:
I was the Research Assistant working in the 1990s for Professor Pat Weller on his biography of John Button, Dodging Raindrops. John was a charming man with whom to work. John came from a very interesting family -- his father was Dr Norman Button, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Victoria, his grandfather, John Norman Button was a school principal and proprietor of a private school, Woodgrange College on the eastern outskirts of London in Essex, not far from West Ham, his grandfather, another John Button was a water miller from Bentley near Ipswich in Suffolk. On his mother's side, John was descended from a Mould Green, (near Huddersfield) West Riding of Yorkshire tea and tobacco dealer, the proprietors of the Bank Coffee House opposite the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street, a Tasmanian pastoralist --his varied background provided him with the ability to be liked by his political friends and foes. John was related to Sir Hudson FFysh of Qantas fame, Sir Leo Curtis, a previous Lord Mayor of Melbourne and many other most interesting people in Australia, UK and the United States of America. A life well-lived with a great intellectual contribution to Australia. John was an extraordinarily interesting man! Working on his biography was a labour {sic} of love! Condolences to his children, wives, grandchildren, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Susan Eggins (now Dudley) Solicitor PO Box 208 Dysart QLD 4745
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