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I DEAN AICKIN I

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| VALUABLE LIFE ENDS

The vei> Rev. George Ellis Aickin, who was Dean of Melbourne from 1917 until 1932, when he retired be- cause of ill-health, died at his home in Ardovne street, Black Rock, late /esteiday afternoon

Dean Aickin had done work of great talue os a clergyman and an education- ist He was a man of fine culture and of exceptional scholarship with wide interest in literature and the arts His sermons ind lectures had much grace of expression and a high quality of thought

He was born at Literpool, England, In 1869 His early education ttas at Liverpool College where he won a number of scholarships and lils brilliance was shown at Cambridge, where he was foundation scholar and Naden divinity student of St John s College He graduated B A (llrst-class classical tripos) in 1891, and he rccelted his MA degree in 1902 In Victoria he was principal of Ridley Col- lege from 1910 to 1918 and other ap- pointments of the period were rector of St Paul s Bendigo lector of Mornington, Canon and Archdeacon of Bendigo nnd Archdeacon of Dandenong He was exami- ning chaplain to the Bishops of Gippsland and Bendigo and, rrom 1922 to the Arch- bishop of Melbourne In 1927 he became Dean of Melbourne, and in 1928 Vicar

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Hebrew was one of the languages ttith thiel) Dean Aickin was closely acquainted and he knew most of the modern European langiiac.os including Russian When a icccptioii was git en m Melbourne to the delegates to the Eucharistie Congress Dean Aickin was able to conterse with each per- son in his own tongue His speech on that occasion made a great Impression by its learning and b> the understanding rc tealed of the points of tictv or others As J churchman Dean Aickin was a Broad Et angelical but he could sjmpa thlse with othci schools of thought

Study of the classics md, of literature generally appealed greatly to Dean Aickin One of his many subjects of reading ttas that of the history antiquities and folk- lore of Ireland He was a lotei and a composer of music and a skilled organist and he took deep inlet est in hymns and hjmnologj rrom time to time he had w litten li j nuis for special occasions A caiol ttith words b\ Dean Aickin and music bv Mr Trit7 Hart was published in 1930 and It was sung in seteral churches]

at Chilstmas Dean Aickin painted a num

bei of seascapes m watci-colour and he] ttas fond of drawing On the walls of his

The Late DEAN AICKIN

study it St Pauls Cithcdial there were many examples of lils work His interest in ait was futthcr lndlcitcd by his books on that subject including Uves of the masters In eirly life he was a keen paitlclpant in athletic sport particularly boxing and running

In 1009 Dean Aickin married Miss Rachel Millicent Butlei daughtei of Mr William Butler of Dublin Mis Aickin sin vives him

The bui lal will take place in the Cobuig Ccmeteiy to moirow afternoon The funeral will be preceded bj a service at St Pull i Cathedral it 2 30 p m to be conducted by Aichbtshop Head assisted bj the Bishop of Geelong (the Right Rev J J Booth) A A Sleight Pty Ltd Is in charcc of the funeral auancements

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