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Jonathon Best
Jonathon Best

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Monument commemorates the State and Local Government politician who died in 1913.

The deceased was a well-known and prominent resident of the Deloraine district. Though Tasmanian born and long resident in the island, Mr. Best saw a good deal of the stirring goldfields days of Victoria, and spent his youth and early manhood there.  Mr. Best got his early training in public affairs as member of municipal bodies. His  first position was as member and later as chairman of the local board of advice. Later he became a member of the Deloraine Road Trust, with which body he was associated for 25 years, half of which time he was chairman and treasurer.

He was also a member of the Deloraine Municipal Council for 13 years, and was Warden in 1898. Mr.Best entered the House of Assembly in 1894 as member for Deloraine, defeating Mr Cameron, who, however, displaced him at the next election on the question of grants to private schools. At a by-election, caused by Mr. Cameron's retirement, Mr. Best was again returned to the House, and remained in it until the election of 1912. Mr. Best, at the election of last January, won back his seat for Wilmot, and when Parliament met last month he was appointed chairman of committees, a position he occupied from 1903 to 1909.
Examiner (Launceston), 14th May 1913.


Address:Bass Highway, Deloraine, 7304
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.524774
Long: 146.659224
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State


Front Inscription

In memory of Jonathan Best M.H.A. Died on 13th May 1913 aged 72 years who for many years served the district in direction with state and local government. For over 50 years a local preacher and staunch worker for his church. Erected by his friends

Source: MA,RUMT
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