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MR. T. A. L. DAVY DEAD.
Widespread Regret "Expressed.
With tiagie suddenness,, the Attorney General and Minister for Education and the North-west (Mr. T. A. L. Davy) col- lapsed and died iu the Savoy Hotel about 11.15 p.m. on Saturday. With his wife, he had been visiting friends newly arrived from England, and, after dinner, the party sat down to play cards. Suddenly, Mv. Davy put his head down on the table, and a moment later it became apparent to the horrified party that he was dead. - The cause of death was angina pectoris,
and Dr. Juett, whom Mr. Davy had pre- viously consulted, granted a certificate .without the formality of a post-mortem examination. At intervals since he suf- fered an attack of pleurisy about six years ago, Mr. Davy had complained of cardiac pain, and, lately, he had suffered several times at night, and had consulted more than one specialist. A characteristic dis- inclination to discuss such matters had kept everyone but his most intimate friends ignorant that anything was amiss frith bis health, and, even to them, he had made light of the matter.
Thomas Arthur Lewis Davy was born on May 1, 1800, at Auckland, New Zea- land, where his father-the late T. G. Davy, M.A., M.D., was in medical prac- tice. Within a few years of his birth the family came to Western Australia, where Dr. Davy pract ised, first in Coolgardie and then in Fremantle. The late Attorney General's first educational experience was flt a Behool ju Fremantle kept by a Mr. Briggs, and thence he passed to the High ßchool. Perth, the name of which was recently changed to Hale School largely at his instigation, and on the Board if Governors of which he held a seat at thc time of his death. In 1925 and 1926 he Vas chairman of the Board of Governors of the school which he had attended about twenty years earlier.
Thence Mr. Davy went to the TJniver eity of Western Australia, from which, in 1909, he was chosen as Rhodes Scholar for Îhe Slate. At Oxford be went into resi
lence at Exeter College, and entered upon a brilliant University career. He was called to the Bar of Gray's Inn in 1913, and to the West Australian Bar in 1914, joining the firm of Northmore, Hale, Davy and Leake, of which he was a partner at the time of his death.
In February, 1915, Mr. Davy joined the Royal Field Artillery and served in France from May of that year until September of 19l6. Then, with the rank of captain, he wns sent to India in charge of his battery, and served there for the remainder of the war.
When the war ended, he returned to his legal practice in Perth, and, in 1924, entered Parliament as member for West Perth. Re-elected for the constituency in 1927 and 1930, he attained Ministerial rank in the latter year, when the present Go- vernment took office, becoming Attorney General. In the following year, upon Mr. Keenan's resignation from the Ministry. Mr. Davy took over the portfolio of Edu- cation, and last year, he was also made Minister for the North-West. ' He also "took silk" in 1932, thus becoming one of the youngest King's Counsel in the his- tory of the State, as well as one of the youngest Ministers.
Among thc many public offices held by Mr. Davy at the time of his death were member sh ip of the Board of Governors of Hale School, of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, and of the Zoological Gardens Board. He was also City Solici- tor of Perth.
Mr. Davy married a daughter of the late Mr. II. W. Sholl. His widow and
two daughters and a son (aged, respec- tively, 15. 13 and 11 years) survive him.
The attractive personality, complete lack of ostentation, and forthright sincerity of the late Minister endeared him to all with whom he came into contact. He had friends throughout the State, and he made no personal enemies. His political oppon- ents, however violently they might differ from his views and criticise his political actions, accorded him personal respect and warm regard. A man who worked with an almost passionate zest, he yet had time, always, to spare for the lowly and the unfortunate, and Iiis only real detes- tation were dishonesty and humbug. Re- cognising this, .people of all typés and classes were endeared to him, and not the most splenetic found it possible to hate .him.
As the news of his death circu-
lated on Sunday - the absence of. people from the city on Sunday making it travel slowly - those who knew , him best . were aghast taht So promising a career should so suddenly have been cut' short. Citizens of all degrees, haying, recognised in him a young man who had lived up to the ideals-of Cecil Rhodes, unsparing of himself in the sei> vice of the State and unswerving in his. fidelity to what he believed right, felt a sense of personal loss. The Lieutenant Goveruor and Chief Justice (Sir John Northmore). the Premier (Sir James Mit- chell), the Leader of the Country Party (Mr. C. G. Latham) and the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. P. Collier) and Mr. N. Keenan, K.C... M.L.A., all spoke of their 'sense'of personal loss âfld Of loss to the Stale.