Obituary MR. CHAS. MOORE DIES MERCHANT AND PHILAN- THROPIST . FOUNDER OF THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. We deeply regret to' announce the death of Mr. Charles Moore, of the firm of Charles Moore and Co., who on ac- count of his extensive business connec- tions and philanthropic work, was very well known to all Perth people. Mr. Moore died suddenly iast night at his home at Toorak, Melbourne. He was 58 years of age. The late Mr. Moore was born in the North of Ireland, in 1858. He came out to Australia in 1SS1, and settled in Ade laide, the reason of his going there 'being, as he himself said-, at a function a few weeks ago, because Adelaide was called the City of Churches, and that the people reiused to permit orchestral music to be played there in the parks on Sunday. It was in Adelaide that ho first became associated with the cloth ing trade, and he started onlvthe bot tom-most rung of the ladder. He was but- a poor boy v/hen he stepped on'vtp that' first i'ung, but he was determined to succeed, and by force of sheer hard work he was soon climbing upward.
Over 21 years ago he started' business in Perth on the site at present occupied by the firm in Hay-street. At that time the firm was known as Moore and Gobbett. Later Mr. Moore purchased the old Coliseum in Hay Street, but resold it. One of his successful busi- ness ventures was the purchase of the wrecked steamer Orizaba, which came to,.grie'f off Fremantle/'- Some'1 of the tables off .the'prizaba are^now in -use, in the firm's .offices ,in Hay -street 4-.r Mr. Moo^e 'was the owner ', of extensive, clothing, establishments' at ,=Adelaide , and 'Prahran; ' ^ V, ,- ''_,'? -,,' 1 The deceased gentleman^ was'1 practi cally the founder of 'y the 'Children's Hospital. ' He started the movement to' -establish the hospital? 'the £dea origin ating' from, an incident which occurred 'in Shis 'storel He ^ha'd a -jtittle - .nigger irioney-boV'-'for sale in' .the,'-' Shop, 'and' o'ne day a child, who , accompanied a 'customer, put'ajie.nny in tne box, and. 'could 'hot get^it^out again. ,i.The child, began, to cry'l&tily forjie^penny^-md, I1-1' noJtJ'-^%ifiV'-lorl Mv Moore's' atten tion. -,'When the child had, been.. liacl^ l.vC^iho ioo.-i.it! ui--co Mr/Moore^ia' said/ 'Leave; the penny in' the box 'for. tlie ^Cliildren'^ Hospital.' 'Mr.'^Mdor^ replied, 'There is no Children^ mspi- , ?tal here, but .1- don;t^ see* why ^ there 'should riot' be one..' If .yoii^leave'ithS* penny there I will put anotherVone.witlv- it and we will start_the .Children'sHos^. pital.V Mr. Moore.. then '4. exhibited a; notice^ stating that he\vould contribute a, penny for 'every 'penny' that^-'was put in the! box, by the 'public. Hundreds of pounds were,, collected ,in . this -' way. Some' time later -Mr: Moore got^a cim mittee together1 and .offered 'to give £1,000 and . to advance- any 'further5' money required towards the -cost: of. erecting' a small hospital, and tcguar-'' antee' the'eost of upkeep for five years. On those lines the Children's Hospital had its beginning. The institution* was 'opened some time later,. quite 'free of debt,' and' Mr. 'Moore' was1. made' first president. 'Ever 'afterwards -he was an enthusiastic supporter of the , hospital, f ?and lie provided the fundstp erect' the ward which bears his nfirie., ?
The late Mr. Charles Moore, Merchant and Philanthropist.