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OBITUARY.

MR E. HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS. Mr E. Heathcote Williams, who dieo. at Auckland on Saturday, was known as the "grand old man of New Zealand cricket," a title which he earned by reason of his lengthy and distinguished services for the game in the DominionMr Williams was born in the Bay of Islands, and he left the Auckland district to take up residence in Hawked Bay in 188,1. He played cricket there and represented Hawke's Bay in 1890 and 1891, but it was not on the playing field that he earned the respect of every cricketer in the Dominion. Mr Williams was a delegate for Hawke's Bay at the conference of cricketers held on December 27th, 1894, when the New Zealand Cricket Council was set up, and he was elected as the new body's first president. In all he held that office during eight periods, a record for any man, the last period being for the season 1919-20, and several years following it. He also held many other executive positions on the Council, and was a regular attendant at annual meetings and at biennial conferences of affiliated associations, taking an alert interest in affairs of administration. Some years ago he was elected an honorary life member of the Council. He was the donor of the Beatheote Williams shield for competition among the secondary schools of New Zealand, and his work in fostering cricket among youth bore wonderful fruit. .He made it part of his life work for the game, and as a result of his efforts many opportunities were given to schoolboys to receive coaching and the experience of inter-school contests. In his advocacy of opportunities being given to the boys who played cricket he was responsible for the securing of the services of coaches from overseas. J. H. Board, of Gloucester, and Albert Trott, of Melbourne, were two of the most prominent that came to New Zealand as a result of his activity. Although he realised the value of professionals in the game, and always emphasised the need for their support in assisting promising young players, he was a strong supporter of the amateir side being* kept uppermost in interprovincial and other big games. He did much, also, towards promoting the New Zealand team's tour of England in 1927. Mr Williams was a member of tha wbll-known legal firm of Sainsbary, Logan, and Williams, of Napier.

Tribute from Canterbury Amodatfan. A tribute to the work of Mr Heath-. cote Williams was paid by Mr D- Beese at the gathering of cricketers arranged by the Canterbury Cricket Association in the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday evening. "Before proceeding with the business," said Mr Beese, "I feel it my duty, on behalf of the Canterbury Cricket. Association, to make reference to the very sad loss to New Zealand cricket by the death in Auckland of Mr B. Heathcote Williams. Mr Williams was first president of the New Zealand Cricket Council, and he presided at the inaugural gathering called in Christtjhurch in 1894. It was not only as. president then that Mr Williams did so mucfc for cricket, but in later years—after the war—when he was president for flvo or six years. Mr Williams has been one' of the outstanding administrators of the game, and one of the greatest enthusiasts; he never missed a meeting of the Council, and often he came down to any special meeting. New Zealand erieket has suffered a very great lost i» his death." Those present then stood in sflenee M a mark of respect.

MR LLOYD JONES. The death occurred a* Wan©aini. last week, at theag© of 80 yean, of Sir Lloyd Jones, senior partner iatiw Erm of Messrs H. I. Jones sod Son, the oldest-established firm of booksellers, stationers, and printers in New Zealand, having been established by Mr Jones' father in 1860. H« was a. delicate- man', but adopted method* of diet and fasting which built up hj» strength and enabled him to Irrs to an advanced age.

ARCHDEACON R. A. WOODTHORPE. •ttnsrtaa mass aasoauara*-a* MMIM . nußoaupx—coraan.) (Received November 29th, il-lfl pun.} SYDNEY, November 19. The death has occurred of the V«a> erable Archdeacon Robert Augustas , Woodthorpe, formerly Professor of Economics at Otago University; Be had been living in the Wftveriar suburb, Sydney, Tor about abb feara-

SIR DAVID BRUCE. PIONEER JN TROPICAL MEDICINE. tinrrm» nress ajsocomo*—as auKiaaa TKUAHUIPH—COFTXXQBX.) LONDON, November 87. The death has occurred, after a tan* illness, of Sir David Bruce, while tl» funeral of his wife, who died on November 23rd, was being held. Sir David Bruce's travels in di«ea«e* stricken countries in the cause off science, carried out under condition* of great hardship, brought him worldfame, but seriously impaired b» health. His wife accompanied him on on many of these hazardous expeditions.

[Major-General Sir David Bruce wm born in Melbourne. Australia, in 1855, and after taking bis M.B. and CM. at Edinburgh University, entered th» Royal Army Medical Corps. He served in Malta, Egypt, and South Africa t (where he was in the siege of I<«dysmith), and from 1914 to 1918 commanded the Royal Army Medical College. His honours and memberships of learned societies are extremely numerous, and during his military work he found time to do much medical research. He twice visited Uganda as IHrector of the Royal Society's Commission for the Investigation of Sleeping Sickness, also headed an investigation into the connexion of disease between human beints and animals, and was chairman of the War OflW Pathological Committee for the Study of tetanus and trench fever. He was knighted in 1908.1

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OBITUARY., Press, Volume LXVII, Issue 20407, 30 November 1931

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OBITUARY. Press, Volume LXVII, Issue 20407, 30 November 1931

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