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Mr. W. E. Moxon Retires.

Changes in the personnel of the management of the Adelaide Steamship Co. Ltd. have resulted in the retirement of Mr. W. E. Moxon. manager of the

Queensland branch, as from last Saturday. Mr. Moxon was in charge of the com pany's activities in Western Australia from 1896 to 1918. There are few men in Australia who have a better knowledge of the shipping business than Mr. Moxon. The son of an officer in the British Indian Army, William Ernest Moxon was born at Ramsgate, Kent, in 1863, and received the final stages of his educatipn in' the Chigwell Grammar School, Essex. Air. Moxon first became acquainted with_shipping when he entered the -firm of J. and R. Grant, London, and there . acquired an extensive and expert, knowledge of - the calling. -, Mr. Moxon sought his career in the Dominions, and came to Brisbane in 1887. In 1890, Mr. Moxon joined the Adelaide Steamship Co., Ltd\, as first manager and inspector for Queensland. Then came the gold rush in Western Australia, and the steamer traffic became so complicated, carrying thousands of men to the West in search of gold, that, in 1896, duriug the height of the rush. Mr. Moxon was transferred to the West to deal with the abnormal situation. ┬╗Ir. Moxon remained in the Western State for over 20 years, in charge of a big ' mail, passenger, cargo, and livestock trade. During his residence in this State, Mr. Moxon took a deep interest in public and business affairs. For nearly 15 years he was chairman of the West Australian branch of the Australian Ship. Owners' Federation. For almost as long a period he was a councillor, and for two years president of the Fremantle Chamber/ of Commerce. He acted as a member of the Ai-bitration Court in Western Australia, in conjunction with most of the Judges, fqr over two years. He was a delegate to the Congress of the Empire Chambers of Commerce in Sydney. in 1908. r During the war he was chairman of the National Ser vice Campaign, and .took a promine'nt part also in the Red Cross movement. In 1918 Mr. Moxon again became manager of the Queensland branch, a position he held until his retirement.