Harry Caiger of Clifton

Harry Caiger’s general store at Clifton, undated. Picture: Wollongong City Libraries
The Caiger family behind Caiger’s general store at Clifton, undated. Picture: Wollongong City Libraries


South Coast Times Thursday 16 June 1949

WITH the death last Thursday of Mr. Harry Caiger, of 361 Main Road, Clifton, this district and particularly the northern section, has lost one who throughout his 50 years’ residence has given splendid public service and one whose place in the life of the community will be hard to fill.

The late Mr. Caiger was in his 85th year and first came to Clifton just over 50 years ago. He opened up in business and at that time his was the only grocery store between Helensburgh and Bulli. He quickly won a reputation for fair dealing and throughout his long business career had won the respect of the community and the very deep gratitude of those, who when the “going was tough” found in Mr. Caiger a friend who was ever ready to lend a helping hand. His many acts of kindness and his unfailing generosity to individuals and organisations was done without show or fuss, often rarely known outside a few of his closest friends. He relinguished business in 1931 and then carried on the Post Office at Clifton until four or five years ago.

Always an active man he had enjoyed good health until only three weeks ago when he was admitted to Illawarra Cottage Hospital where the end came. He was an ardent supporter and worker for the Church of England at Clifton, having been church warden, a lay preacher and Sunday School teacher and he carried his religion into his every day life. Perhaps his life and character might well be summed up in the words of one of Clifton’s younger residents, ‘He was a white man in every sense of the word.’ He had been a member of the Bulli Shire Council in the early days after its proclamation as a Shire, had held office in the Clifton Progress Association and had been one of those instrumental in establishing the School of Arts.

His wife, the late Mrs Eva Caiger, predeceased him and he was the father of Emily, Bertie (deceased), Victor, Jasper, Bernard (de ceased), Joyce and Esther (Mrs Norman Baker). A funeral service was held at St. Emanuel’s C. of E. Clifton on Friday afternoon when tributes were paid by the Rector and other church representatives. His cortege then moved to Woronora Crematorium.

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