Saturday, 1 June 2013

Henry Moses - two more obituaries



MR. HENRY MOSES.
Mr. Henry Moses, a former M.L.C. and known as 'Father of the Council,' also former owner of Combadello Station, near Moree, died on Saturday at the age of 94. The late Mr. Moses resigned from the Council in. July, 1923, his parliamentary career having extended over 53 years. When he resigned he returned to the Railway Department his gold pass, which he was entitled to retain. His view was that as he had ceased to be a legislator he should no longer use a legislator's concession.

Deceased had had a very adventurous career. He had travelled the greater portion of Australia, and could tell thrilling stories of shipwrecks, railway accidents, and meetings with bush rangers, which had come within the scope of his experience. Coming to Moree 42 years ago, he bought Combadello Station, transferring it later to two of his sons. He was also a director of the Commercial Banking Company for many years.

The late Mr. Moses was born at Windsor and was married in that town. As a lad he served in a lawyer's office, but the Ophir gold rush led him in pursuit of the precious metal. He was a very keen sportsman, and cricket and racing in the Hawkesbury district found in him an ardent sup porter. He had six sons and four daughters. The four surviving sons are Mr. F. A. Moses (at present in England), and Messrs. Harry, Herbert and Leslie Moses (of Sydney). Mr. Fred. Moses and the late Mr. William Moses bred valuable blood stock, including the racehorse Poitrel. His son, Harry, played a sensational innings of 298 against the Melbourne Cricket Club.
Moree Gwydir Examiner and General Advertiser Monday 21 June 1926 page 3

MR. H. MOSES DEAD.
Romantic Career. SYDNEY, Saturday.
Mr. Henry Moses, a former M.L.C., who was known as the 'Father of the Council,' died at 5 a.m. to-day, at the age of 94. The late Mr. Moses resigned from the Council in July, 1923, thus terminating a Parliamentary career extending over 32 years, bridging the gap between Sir Henry Parkes and Mr. Lang.

His early life was crammed with romance and adventure. Shipwrecks, railway smashes, and threatening bushrangers came his way. He travelled a large portion of Australia, but Windsor always loomed large in the memories that he cherished, for Windsor was his birthplace, and there he was christened and married. There as a lad, he wrestled with writs and mortgages in a lawyer's office, but soon the Ophir gold rush led him in chase of the Will-o'-wisp luck. Later, he was a station owner for a time, and then to Parliament, where, as a staunch 'free trade' advocate, he fought hard for his ideals. The sporting life, too, had a fascination for him, and cricket and racing in the Hawkesbury district, found him an ardent supporter. His son, Harry, played a sensational innings of 298 not out against the Melbourne Cricket Club. One of his proudest thoughts was that two of his sons owned Poitrel, winner of the Melbourne Cup.
The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser Monday 21 June 1926

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