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OBITUARY.

ARTHUR MORTON OLLIVIER. Very general regret will be aroused by the announcement of the uot unexpected death of Mr A. M. Ollivier, • who died at his residence, Opawa. at an early hour this morning. Mr Ollivier, who was the fourth son of the late Mr John Ollivier, arrived in Canterbury about 1853, and was one of the old-time pupils of Christ's College Grammar School, which he entered in 1862 and quitted in 1865. He early displayed that fondness for cricket and other outdoor sports which led him to become celebrated as an athlete. His career as a cricketer was an especially distinguished one. He played in interprovincial cricket against Otago exactly thirty years ago, and since then has done battle for Canterbury against the southern province on eight occasions, the last being in 1871). He also played in two matches with Auckland, in 1873 and 1882) against the Victorian Clubs in 1879, and the All England Eleven in 1877, and against the Australian elevens of 1878 and 1880. He was associated with the United Canterbury Cricket Club, and; in later years with the Lancaster Park Club. * For some years of late he wasselector of the teams chosen to repre--sent this district in the various outside matches, and acted in that capacity with much success. Besides taking a prominent part in cricketing circles, Mr, Ollivier attained considerable distinction as a footballer. He played in the Cantorbury fifteen against Auckland in 1875, and against Otago in 1880. He also took an interest in aquatics and general athletics, and was a famous sprinter in bygone years. He had much taste for horticulture, was an enthusiastic grower of roses and other choice flowers, and a successful exhibitor at many of the horticultural shows held in Christchurch. Indeed, his last appearance in public was at the recent exhibition of the newly-formed Christchurch Horticultural Society on Sept. 23 last. He became a Fellow of Christ's College, and was President of the Old "College Boys' Association from ISOS till his death, ha', ing been re-elected to the position at. the last annual meeting on Oct. 14. Mr Olliviev was an accountant by profession, and his ability in that, capacity was very marked. He was for several years in partnership with Mr Trevor Grierson, but of lute hid been in business on his own account. He took keen interest in public matters, but never entered active political life. He was, however, for a considerable time member and chairman of the Heathcote Eoad Board. Iv private life as in his public relations, he was generally respected for his probity and straightforwardness. Mr Ollivier's health had been bad for several months. He suffered from a complication of internal disorders, and latterly dropsy supervened. Some little time ago ho went to Castle Hill, in the hope of deriving benefit from chance of air and scene, but his malady was of too serious a nature, and when lie returned his friends practically «aye up hope. He rallied slightly last week, but soon had a relapse. It was supposed at the end of the week that he might live longer than he did, but some days ago he became worse and sank rapidly. He leaves a wi low and family.

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OBITUARY., Star, Issue 6007, 21 October 1897

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OBITUARY. Star, Issue 6007, 21 October 1897

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