John Tebbutt married Jane Pendergast on 8 September 1857 at St Matthew's Catholic Church, Windsor. Jane was the eldest daughter of William Pendergast and Sarah Roberts.
LATE MR. JOHN TEBBUTT.
FUNERAL AT WINDSOR.
A large gathering assembled in St.
Matthew's Church of England Windsor
yesterday afternoon as a token of
respect to the late Mr John Tebbutt F
.R. A .S. The remains were
laid to rest in the family vault in St Matthew's Cemetery. The vault was built
under the late Mr Tebbutt's supervision
five or six years ago. It has four
corners pointing north, south, east
and west , each being surmounted by a sphere of the world.
In the course of his
address in the church
the Rev S. G. Holding (of St Matthias' Paddington, who was formerly at Windsor)
said that he was glad to pay a tribute
of respect to one whom he had know as
a friend for
many years . The late John Tebbutt was not
only a sincere friend but one of tho most eminent Australians. In generations to
come the name of John Tebbutt would be
spoken of as one of the greatest
scientists the Commonwealth had produced. But it was
not for him (Mr Fieldlng) to deal with
all the late Mr Tebbutt's
would be done by those best qualified for the task in Australia, in Europe and in
America. The late Mr Tebbutt had a
great reverence for truth whether
scientific or religious. He
could not stand what he deemed to be a sham
or a make-believe. It was that great love
of truth that caused the deceased to be mis- understood from the religious point of
view. The late Mr Tebbutt never really
left the Church. He had often said
to him (Mr. Fielding), "The truth shall make
humanity free whether it be
religious or scientific and
we scientists have to fight for that freedom."
In the early days said Mr Fielding,
scientists had to fight for freedom to
be allowed to find out the facts of life
and nature in their own way. The late
Mr Tebbutt was not one of those who
asserted that physical science
was the only means of acquiring truth.
"I believe," Mr
Fielding concluded "that
if the Church is to fulfil the divine mission entrusted to her by Christ, she must be open
to receive every aspect,
not only of Christian truth but of all
truth whether scientific or religious."
The Rev. Norman Jenkyn of Windsor
officiated at the graveside and an
address was delivered by the
Rev. Dr. Roseby. The latter
after endorsing what Mr Fielding had said of the late Mr Tebbutt 's love of scientific
facts referred to his kindly sympathy and
help and the length to which he would go
in order to help others in securing
astronomical in- formation. His work said Dr Roseby, would
be enduring ; Australia hardlly
realised how great was the man they had
The chief mourners were; - Miss
Tebbutt (daughter), Mr J.T.
Tebbutt (only son), Mrs Tebbutt and
family, Mr and Mrs Rodda
(son-in-law and daughter) the three Misses Rodda and Master Rodda, Mr and Mrs L. Orville Brown (grandchildren), Messrs. W.
G. and John Prendergast
Amongst those who attended either at
the church or at the graveside were:
-Messrs Walter F. Gale F.R.A.S .(president
of the New South Wales branch of the
Association), Mr James Nangle (superintendent of Technical Educatlon)
and the Rev. Dr. Roseby (representing
the Royal Astronomical Society of
London), Mr. W. N. Ifould (principal librarian Public
Library of New South Wales), Mr H. W.
Potts and Mr. W. M. Hamlet (Royal
Society), Mr J.C.L. Fitzpatrlck (Minister for Mines
representing the Government) ,
Captain A. S. Fitzpatrick, Messrs W.
H. Haxby (manager of the Windsor branch
of the Commercial Bank
of Sydney), R. A. Neville (manager of the Windsor branch of the Bank of New South Wales), Peter Beveridge. A . J.
Berckelman, Mr and Mrs R. Bruce Walker,
Frank Campbell, Hilton Moses, R. H.
Judd (Mayor of Windsor), Ald.
Ward, R. A. Pye, A. C. Hannabus, Dr.
Callaghan, Dr. Davies, the
Rev J. Steel (Presbyterian Church), W. F. R
Ross, John Dick (representing
Colonel Paine. who is on active service),
W. H. Dean (ex-
Mayor of Windsor), H. M. Pulsford, W. Turnbull, W. Lobb ex-Sergt.
Boyd, ex-Sergt. Norris, Mrs Howell Price and a number of the late Mr Tebbutt's tenants.
Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 2 December 1916