The Joseph A. Caulder Collection
Past Rotary International Director 1928-29   -  Regina, Sask., Canada

"Eyewitness to Rotary International's First 50 Years"


JOSEPH A. CAULDER - An eyewitness to Rotary International's first 50 years.

Album 1 - Pages 89-90; Angus Mitchell, 38th President

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Angus Mitchell

Rotary's 38th President




Rotary Biography of


Melbourne, Australia

President, Rotary International 1948-49

Trustee, Rotary Foundation. 1949-54

Angus S. Mitchell of Melbourne, Australia, was President of Rotary International in 1948-49 and he is now serving as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation for 1949-54. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne since 1927, and is a Past President of that Club. He has served Rotary International as President, (1948-49), Director, District Governor, committee chairman and member, and as Honorary Trustee and Chairman of the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation.

Mr. Mitchell was born in Shanghai, China, and was brought to Australia by his parents at the age of one year. His father was a Scotch sea captain in his younger days, and his mother was an Australian of Scotch parentage. He attended Scotch College in Melbourne and has been awarded the honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by Baylor University in Waco, Texas, U.S.A.

He was co-founder in 1905 of the firm of Mitchell & Bellair, later Mitchell, Bellair and Lees, grain and mercantile brokers of Melbourne, Australia, and Liverpool, England, and he was an active partner in that business until his retirement in 1936.

In Melbourne, he is now a Director of Australian Cement Ltd.; Noske Industries Ltd., flour millers and grain merchants; Queen's Bridge Motor and Engineering Company, and Queen's Bridge Investments Company.

He was one of the founders of the Melbourne Corn Exchange and is now an honorary life member. He is a Director of the Melbourne Y.M.C.A., Chairman of the Victorian Y.M.C.A. Defense Forces Committee, Honorary Treasurer and member of the State Executive Council of the Victorian Boy Scouts Association, and President of the Victorian Society for Crippled Children.

From Rotary International,

35 East Wacker Drive,

Chicago 1, Ill., U.S.A.

March 1954.

Joseph A. Caulder



Sir Angus was just plain Angus to all his Rotary friends until January or February 1956 when he was Knighted for a great accumulation of good works for his country in particular, and the world at large in general. His. home is Melbourne, Australia.

He has served Rotary well for a great many years and was rewarded by being elected President of Rotary International for the years 1948-1949. Few men are so beloved by all who know him as is Angus Mitchell. He spent most of his life in the grain business but has many other "irons in the fire".

At the New York Convention, June 12th to 16th, 1949 he presided with distinction even though he was far from being well at the time and had to enter a hospital as soon as his official duties were ended. Fortunately in due course he returned to fairly good health, and went back to his homeland of Australia. Angus was well known for his amusing stories on the Kangaroo and on other phases of ordinary life in Australia.

In 1956, from Good Friday until Easter Monday, I spent an enjoyable three days with Sir Angus at the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne. I found out that my host was a cricket fan. We sat five hours and saw three men bat almost 250 runs and then we left as tired as the batsmen, but Sir Angus was beaming. My plane left at 7 A.M. and regardless of my entreaties, he was at the hotel door at 5:45 A.M. to bid me "God Speed and Bon Voyage".


[Joe Caulder included additional remembrances in his volume which, although similar to above, contains additional items]


Joseph A. Caulder

Remembrances of


Our own beloved Angus Mitchell of Melbourne, Australia had served Rotary as President in 1948-49. He had done a grand job and left office in poor health but with tens of thousands of new friends. To know Angus is to love him. When I arrived by plane at Melbourne on the morning of March 30th, 1956 it was Sir Angus who I met. He had been Knighted for a lifetime of service to Australia and the Empire, now Commonwealth. No matter how I tried I could detect no change. Sir Angus was still our beloved, modest, kind Angus. It was Good Friday and I was to have three whole days in beautiful Melbourne with my old friend.

I had not made a plane reservation from Sydney to Auckland, N.Z. and Angus warned me this was a real bottleneck. He at once did all he could to help me with Qantas Airways and then we planned our three days. Good Friday is a Holy Day in Melbourne so we visited his daughters at their lovely homes and saw a good deal of Melbourne and the great stadium being built for the coming Olympics. On Saturday it was a choice of Australian football final with N.Z. or the final cricket match for the Australian Championship. Both contests were for Saturday. I had been tipped off about how Angus loved cricket so I forgot my desire to see Australian football and we watched the cricket game for five hours. I clapped and yelled when Angus did. The game was to be continued on Monday and the following Saturday. Three whole day's. We had a quiet Sunday. We went to a fine church and heard a splendid sermon. I was sorry to leave at 6 A.M. Monday for Canberra. Nothing I could say or do kept my old friend Angus, now Sir Angus, from being up at 5:45 on Monday to bid me farewell and good luck.


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Angus Mitchell's Obituary

October 1961

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Angus Mitchell's

Letter to

Joseph P. Caulder

Dated July 15th, 1951

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Angus Mitchell's


(abstracted by him)

delivered January, 1951

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