Howard Hitchcock

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LATE MR. H. HITCHCOCK. - Funeral at Geelong.
GEELONG, Wednesday -The funeral of Mr Howard Hitchcock who died at his home at Geelong on Monday was held to day and was very largely attended. In the morning crowds of citizens of Geelong and district passed through the pioneers'chapel of the Yarra street Methodist Church in which the coffin containing the body rested, covered in flowers. The church was crowded in the afternoon, when a short Service was conducted. Among those present were Senator Plain, Mr. H. B. Jamieson clerk assistant to the Legislative Council representing, the President (Sir Frank Clarke), Messrs, Richardson. Edgar, and Smith M.L.C.'s, Mr Maltby M.L.A.the mayor of Geelong (Alderman O. C. Hearne), and Major McCormick, of the Country Roads Board.
The service was conducted by the Rev.G. Calvert Barber assisted by the Revs John Nall, John Thomas, and J. A. Gault in his address Mr. Thomas said that beautiful tributes had been paid to Mr. Hitchcock's memory, but it was fitting that the church which was his church in a very peculiar way should honour him on such an occasion. They remembered Mr Hitchcock's splendid mother, dominating, strong willed, very efficient and a natural leader, but who possessed a heart of gold. Howard Hitchcock was a man with a warm and generous heart and he was true, loyal and staunch in friendship. To see evidences of his work they had merely to look around Geelong. He had been described as a great citizen and truly he was. The large assemblage was a testimony of regard toward him. His was a life of practical good. In church work he carried on the traditions of his father and mother. He was closely associated with the church and Sunday school and loved the young people. Not only would the Church feel the loss of a great counsellor, but the city and the whole of Victoria would be the poorer by his death.
As the coffin was carried from the church the Geelong City Band played the hymn "Abide with Me." The funeral procession was about a mile long, and was headed by the band and a large number of returned soldiers, Following the hearse were two carriages laden with flowers. The procession passed through streets lined with people, on its way to the Eastern Cemetery. The chief mourners were Messrs W.E. Curnow, Rupert Lowe, Percy Curnow, Will Curnow, Wilfred Ivory, Donald Henderson, Harry Wood, and J. Spencer Nall. The coffin was borne to the graveside by Messrs A. Rashleigh, C. Hindell, T. Armstrong (Terang) H. Kraeftt (Camperdown) W.J. Field (Queenscliff) R.J. Whitehead (Colac) W. Challis and H. Farrel), members of the staff of Bright and Hitchcock. The pallbearers were Mr Edgar MLC Messrs H.J. Crockford, J.F. Neilson and E.L. Turnbull (directors of Bright and Hitchcock), J. Howard (Yarra street Church) E.W.Blackwell (Yarra street Sunday school), H.B. Jamieson (Legislative Council) Alderman O.C. Herne (Geelong City Council) J.P. McCabe Doyle (Gordon Institute of technology) G.B. Humble (Kitchener Memorial Hospital) E.J. Fairnie (Returned Soldiers), H.H. Washington (Chamber of Commerce), J. Harrison (Country Fire Brigades Board), H. Hooper (Rotary Club), H. Moller (Leopold Growers Association), G.F. Walter (Hitchcock memorial art gallery), The mayor of Ballarat (Councillor J Harrison), Messrs D.F. Griffiths, H. Wilson, C.R. Herschell, J.H. McPhillimy, and Dr Elvins.
The service was conducted by the Rev. G Calvert Barber assisted by the Revs J. Thomas J. Nall and J.A. Gault.
After the service the City Band played the hymn "Nearer My God to Thee" The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr Alex Monro Ryrie street, Geelong.[1]

See also

Eureka 50, 1904

Further Reading

Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. The Argus, 25 August 1932

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