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A Public Benefactor.

News was received in Melbourne of the death of Francis Ormond, M.L.C., which occurred at Pan, in the south of France, at midnight on May 5. Mr Ormond left Melbourne with his wife in December last, and though he was then in indifferent health no serious results were anticipated. Mr Ormond was fifty years of age. The deceased was esteemed throughout the community for his munificent gifts in the furtherance of education. The Ormond College was built by him, and he was the founder of the Working Men’s College and of the Chair of Music at the university. It is estimated that his public benefactions during the last twelve years have amounted tolittleshortofLlOO.OOO. Mr Ormond was for the last seven years a member of the Legis-lativeCouncilfortheSouth-western Province. The ‘ Argus ’ says:—“ Mr Ormond has left to Victoria a bright example cf the higher uses to which wealth may be put when it is amassed in the hands of individuals. He was a man who realised the responsibility of money, and comprehended the enormous good which might be done to all classes by judicious donations; and he was, therefore, not only ready to assist, but eager to suggest schemes of his own. He belonged to the honorable class of benefactors who have sought, with the means at their command, to increase the means of instruction and bring the stimulus of education to all ranks, and long after every speech that has yet been delivered in the Legislative Council has been forgotten, and every measure has been superseded, the good works that Mr Ormond has done will leave and speak in the minds and lives of successive generations of grateful students,”

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A Public Benefactor., Issue 7909, 17 May 1889

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A Public Benefactor. Issue 7909, 17 May 1889

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