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AUSTRALIAN

POET

MR. C. J. DENNIS

Mr. Clarence James Dennis, Aus- tralian poet and journalist, whose best-known work was "The Senti- mental Bloke," died at a private hospital in St. Kilda road early yesterday morning. He was aged

61 years.

Mr. Dennis had been in ill-health for several years, during which time he had lived at Toolangi. Early this month his condition necessitated his removal to hos- pital.

He was born at Auburn (S.A.), and had a varied career as journalist, car- penter, miner, railway labourer, photo- grapher's canvasser, insurance agent, public servant, and confidential secretary to a Federal Minister. He showed an aptitude for verse when a boy, and later created an entirely Australian type of humour, which combined sentiment with language rarely used by writers in verse.

"The Sentimental Bloke" was his best- known work, but he wrote hundreds of poems and created such characters as Ginger Mick, Doreen, Digger Smith, Rose Spadgers, Jim of the Hills, and Ben Bow- yang. For many years he worked on the staff of the "Herald," Melbourne. The Poet Laureate (Mr. John Masefield) visited Mr. Dennis at Toolangi when he came to Victoria for the Centenary cele-

brations.

Mr. Dennis is survived by a widow, who was formerly Miss Olive Herron. The funeral will leave the Church of St. Thomas Aquinas, Bromby street, South Yarra, at 2.30 p.m. to-day for the Box Hill Cemetery. A Requiem Mass will be held in the church at 7.30 a.m. Arrange- ments are being made by A. A. Sleight

Pty. Ltd.

Regret at Canberra

CANBERRA, Wednesday.—The Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) expressed keen re- gret to-day at the death of Mr. C. J. Dennis. Mr. Lyons said that Mr. Dennis had built for himself a unique place in Australian literature. He had developed a method of expression peculiarly his own, he had created characters which would become immortal, and he had cap-   tured a truly Australian spirit. Already his work was world famous, and future generations of Australians would not for-

get it.

"In many respects he will, I firmly believe, become the Australian Robert Burns," added Mr. Lyons. "Only when all his poems are—as I think they should be—collected in one volume, will it be realised what a versatile and prolific

writer he was."

The leader of the Opposition (Mr. Cur- tin) said he had learned with regret of the death of Mr. Dennis, who had made a number of contributions to Australian literature of a distinctive style.

Mr. T. W. L. Crosby

The death occurred last week of Mr. Thomas W. L. Crosby, at the age of 79 years, after a protracted illness. Son of the late Mr. William Crosby, of Hobart, Mr. Crosby was a leading grazier in New South Wales for many years before he joined the firm of Wm. Crosby and Co. Pty. Ltd. in Melbourne. He retired some years ago and lived in Malvern. He leaves a widow, three daughters, and four sons.

The funeral took place on Saturday. Services were conducted at the home of his daughter, Mrs. P. M. Newton, Bates street, East Malvern, and at the graveside at the Box Hill Cemetery by the Rev. E. J. B. White, of the Church of the Holy Advent, Malvern, and the president of the Young Men's Christian Association (Mr. C. F. Crosby), who was a cousin.

Mrs. W. B. Bates

Mrs. Eliza Bates, aged 82 years, died at her home in Douglas parade, North Williamstown, on Tuesday. She was the widow of Mr. W. B. Bates, who died six weeks ago. Mrs. Bates was married 54 years ago, and had lived in Williamstown for 52 years. She left seven children. The funeral took place at the Williamstown Cemetery yesterday. Arrangements were made by Nelson Bros.

Mr. E. A. Stevenson

Mr. Ernest Allan Stevenson, the brother of Miss Dorothy Stevenson, who is in Eng- land with the Australian women's tennis team, died in a private hospital yesterday

after a short illness.

Mr. Stevenson lived in Arthur avenue, Brighton Beach. He was the son of Mr. Ernest A. Stevenson, of Langham place, Upper Hawthorn. His mother, and an- other sister, Gwyndoline, are in England, where they are keenly interested in the performances of the Australian tennis players. Mr. Stevenson, who was aged 29 years, has left a widow and infant

daughter.

Sir Charles McNess

Sir Charles McNess, who was noted for his philanthropic actions, died after a long illness at his son's home in Mt. Lawley, a suburb of Perth, last night. Sir Charles McNess, who was born at Huntingdon, England, in 1853, arrived in Western Aus- tralia in the early 80's, and began business as ironmonger and tinsmith. He invested in city properties and built up a large fortune, a substantial portion of which he gave to charities. Other States and England also benefited by his generosity. He was made Knight Bachelor in 1931. Lady McNess died early last year.

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