Samuel Ernest Figgis

Engineer & Sportsman In Brief

Figgis’s claim to fame was in the sporting arena, where in a cricket match played in January 1880, he took twelve wickets for 124 runs playing for Victoria that beat the first match ever played by the national team which included the legendary Frederick ‘Demon’ Spofforth (1853-1926); for his efforts he was “presented with the ball, mounted and inscribed”.  In his first year of bowls, he won the Ballarat championship.  The Argus noted that Figgis was “for many years…a leading figure in the church, social, educational and sporting life at Ballarat” serving forty years as a gas engineer that included seven years as managing director of the “Colonial Gas Association” and was associated with the Ballarat School of Mines for two decades “and was one of its first students to pass in chemistry and metallurgy”.  Residing at Black Street, Middle Brighton, he died on 17 April 1922 aged 67 survived by his wife Rosa (d 1937).

Monumental Headstone


The Argus 2, 3 & 5 January 1880, 20 April 1922.

The Age 5 January 1880, 20 April 1922.

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