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This section includes a selection of articles from the period from 1900 to 1938. This was the beginning of the end for the involvement of the Bibby family at Raub.

It began with the death of William in early May 1900. William had not been well after an accident when he fell from a ‘cart’ after his return from a visit to England to arrange for the supply and installation of equipment for the hydro electrical station to power the mine. Unfortunately, he did not live to see it in operation. He died in Kuala Lumpur hospital on the night of 3rd May, he was 63.

Upon his death, there was much written in the press, including the poem on this web site’s Introduction page, and a long obituary that produced some comment. There is no doubt he made his mark as much later in a Singapore Free Press article on the expansion of Australia in the ‘Far East’ in 1908, he is attributed to being the major influence on the development of Gold mining in the Peninsula.

The Final Years

It was in 1901 that Frederick Alfred, his third eldest son, died that saw the exodus of the family. Frederick, known in Raub as ‘Gentle Fred’ by the people he worked with, died suddenly, leaving a widow and three sons (one of whom was the author’s father) who had already left the year earlier to await him in St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia.

This left one son, Arthur Hector, the fourth eldest. Arthur had already gone his own way earlier, and became a rubber planter but with interests in Tin mining in other parts. Two daughters had been married whilst in the Peninsula. The remaining daughter, Edith left for Australia with Harry Thomas and Philip Edward soon after Frederick’s death.