CANTERBURY CRICKET ASSOCIATION.
THE DEATH OF MR A. M. OLLIVIER. A special meeting of the Committee of the above was held at the Alliance Insurance office yesterday, when there were present Messrs W. D. Meares (in the chair), H. D. Carter, C. R. Clark, F. Wilding, J. D. Lawrence, C. R. Smith, F. C. Gerard, R. Halley, J. A. Caygill, and F. C. Raphael (Hon. Sec.)
An apology for absence was received from Mr W. H. Wynn-Williams, the President.
The Secretary said he had convened the meeting in consequence of the death of Mr A. M. Ollivier, a Vice-Pre-sident of the Association, to consider what action should be taken with regard to Saturday's cricket.
Mr Meakes proposed—" That the members of the Canterbury Cricket Association record their deep sense of the great loss that all Canterbury cricketers have sustained through the death of Mr A. Morton Ollivier, who for thirty-one yeara has been intimately connected v;ith crickot, not only in this province, but throughout the colony. That a copy of this resolution bo forwarded to Mr 3 Ollivier, together with an expression of sincere sympathy with her and the members of her family in their heavy bereavement." He had known Mr Ollivier for some t twentyfive years, having made his first acquaintance with him on the cricket field, and he recognised in him not only an enthusiastic cricketer, but a sterling man. What he felt he was sure all players who knew Mr Ollivier must feel. No one had been more respected by the cricketers in Canterbury, ancf hi 3 loss would be most severely felt. After Mr Ollivier had been obliged to give tip playing he had done great service for the province both in selecting the teams and in coaching, and it was improbable they would find any one to fill his place. As a business man, too, Mr Ollivier had the respect of all who had come in contact with him.
Mr Wilding seconded the motion, and said Mr Ollivier had been one of his most intimate and staunchest friends since he (Mr Wilding) had arrived in the colony, and there was no one whose loss he would feel more. His loss would not only be felt amongst players in Canterbury, but throughout the colony the name of Arthur Ollivier would be synonymous of fair play. The dominant characteristic of their deceased friend was a severe sense of duty, which he brought into sport as well as into business. A more unselfish cricketer never lived, as after he had ceased to take an nctive part in the game he assisted with subscriptions, and he took the keenest interest in the welfare of the game. In seconding the motion he would like it to be ascertained whether it would be in accordance wii h the wishes of the family, that the cricketers should be allowed to erect a tombstone in memory of their friend.
Mr Cayoill said "there could only be one feeling with regard to the death oE Mr Ollivier, and that was that cricket and cricketers had lost one of their best friends.
The resolution was then put and carried. Tho Secretary proposed, Mr Carter seconded, and it was carried —"That all Cup matches on Saturday be postponed." On the motion ot Mr Wildixo, seconded by Mr Gerard, it was decided that the cricketers erect a memorial stone to the late Mr Ollivier, if it was in accordance with the views of Mrs Ollivier.
It was resolved that cricketers, wearing their Club colours, should meet at Lancaster Park at 2 p.m. to-day, for the purpose of attending the late Mr Ollivier's funeral.
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CANTERBURY CRICKET ASSOCIATION., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9865, 23 October 1897
CANTERBURY CRICKET ASSOCIATION. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9865, 23 October 1897
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