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MR. HENRY HUNTER.

       

A few weeks ago we regretted to have to   announce that Mr. Henry Hunter, a gentle-  

man who has been closely associated with  

the progress of this city, and has discharged   with zeal and credit important public duties, had made up his mind to leave Hobart after some 37 years' residence amongst us, and enter upon tho practice of his profession in tho larger field which the capital of Queensland offers to men of pro Ifesiionul skill und business ability. We ventured to''anticipate the regret1 that Would bo felt in many sections of tho com-

munity at- this determination, ned nineo, itheu this regret has been demonstrated ¡n'a. iminncr which BIIOWS how highly Mr. H im- iter'« skill, integrity, zeal in whateycr causo .ho advocated, high sense of responsibility in 'the various duties ho undertook',1,genuine social qualities, and good citizenship have ¡been appreciated by tho peoplo of this .city, to say nothing of the «till higher qualities which the momhers of his own ¡religious denomination havo recognised in ;hiin. We are suro that nothing enn possibly ,be wanting to mako Mr. Hunter regret ¡leaving Tasmania, and that nothing but i proper regard for his own chances could havo induced him to seek a larger field. As the 'citizen we are about to loso, has been iden- tified with the last quarter century's growth of this city very olosely, it will interest our readers to briefly sketch tho outlines of his

life.

HhNRV HuNTFii is tho son of a Nottiug liam'buitdcr and gained some of hi« early experience in his father's office Hi« brother, tho Rev George Hunter, the late Ven. Arch- deacon, nu« a friend of the late Bishop Will- son, and on the promotion of the latter from hi« omeo of a mi-sionary priest at Nottingham to the opiscopacy of Hobart, ho pxpressed a wish to accompany him, which wish being complied with Mr.' Geo Hunter tamo to this colony, in the year 1844, where he afterwards took holy orders, and became in course of time Archdeacon, and died ut Hobart in 1808. Tho rest of the family which included Mr. Henry Hunter, his

«isters and their parent« came out to Ade-., laide in 1848. ' Two or three years eubte-1 Îuentlyiboth parent« died, and Mr,' Henry'

iunter decided to come on to Hobart. He waa then a very young man, upon whom the attractions of Victorian goldfields wera not likely to pass unheeded, and early in 1852, he waa carried away by the gold fever. Pro- ceeding to Victoria he waa a fairly «ucceasful

?;old- miner on the famous Bendigo "diggings'

or ,a short time, but the island colony where his , brother wa«, now appealed. to him with the attractions of all that he could call home. On his return to Hobart he connected himself with the timber

trade in the Huon district, at that period a very lucrative business in consequence of the active demand for Tasmanian timber in the edjoinlng colonies, and he spent a few years profitably in this way. In the year 1858 ho married Mis« Robertson, the Orphan daughter of an officer, in the 70th Bengal Native Infantry, and the niece of a learned Dublin professor, somewhat celebrated in bia day, and in thia lady ho

found,a wife who ha« been the true centre of hi« home. The «ame year «aw him estab- lished in business as an architect, and All SaiutV Church, Macquarie-Btreet, waa the first edifice of'importance that arose under his professional skill and superintendence. Success in his,profeaaion was rapid, and is evinced by the many handsomo building« in Hobart and throughout Tasmania that will be lasting monument« of bi« taste and ability, We may here mention some1

of the chief of these to show the

active part he has played in the progress of this colony. Ho wa« the architect and supervised the construction of the Hobart Town Hall, the Museum, Mariners' ? Church, St. Mary's Cathedral, and Convent Buildings, St. David's Cathedral, Dcanory, 'and Mission Cliuroh ; St. Joseph's Orphan- age ; churches at Ross, Campbell Town, Fingal, Hagley, Westbury, Deloraine, Brigh- ton, the Huon, New Town, Now Norfolk, Swansea, and other districts ; the Masonic 'Hall, Hobart, the offices of the Derwent and Tamar Insurance Co, Australian Mutual Provident Society, Tasmanian Steam Naviga- tion Co., Hobart Marine Board, and Messrs. Burgess Bros., the Van Diemen'« Land Bank, the additions to the Hobart Genoral Hospital ; the Stato schools at Charles street, Launceston, Battery Point, Trinity Hill and Goulburn-street, Hobart, at Beaconsfield, Campbell Town, New Nor- folk, and other districts. In ad- dition to this list of public buildings and companies' offices ho was also tho architect of a very largo number of private residences and business establishments in Hobait and other parts of the colony. Mr. Hunter bus always taken a prominent part in matters of publio interest, outside of his profession] which has often been cut to public use. He was appointed a territorial magistrate on March 21, 1881, just seven years ago. For many years ho was a morn nor of the board of management of the Queen's Orphan Asylum, Now Town, hiving as co-labourors in this good cause, the late Messrs F. M. Innes, W. Henty, W. E. Nairn, Wi Rout, Drs. Hall Bedford, and Crowther, Ho was also one of the commis «¡oners of tho Now Norfolk Lunatic Asylum from lSlili till 1880, when a change was made m the administration by the appoint-

ment of official visitors in lieu of the com-

missioners. He was appointed a member of the Board of Education in 1875, and con- tinued a jealous and activo member of that

body till its abolition in 1885, under the presoiit Education Act. On the 27th May, 18S5, ho was appointed a member of the Council of Education in succession to the Rev. J. C. Whill on the return of that gentleman to England. He was architect to the Board of Education, and his professional advice at the board meetings ivas of great service to the administration of the Educa-

tion department His services were also given as examiner in drawing in connection with the pupil toacher classes, and he acted as examiuci in drawing to the Council of Education from its initiation. When the Public Health Act was passed in 1SSS tho Government of the day, recognising the business ability and conscientious discharge "of duty which had been displayed by Mr. 'Hunter iu other directions, requested bim to

act as a member of tho Central Board of Health, and though that body was a short- lived one, Mr, Hunter brought toits delibera- tions valuable practical knowledge and an ear nestdoaiie to effect improvements. Inmusical circles few singci s have played such a pro- minent part foi so many years, his fine tenor voice giving great assistance in the render- ing of various oratorios and the concerts of tho two Orchestral Unions, of which he was an energetic member. He once took part iu an amateut performance of T'Oiatoic, on which occasion Miss Amy Sherwin, then a lady amateur, mado her fust OBBay in an oporatic ) ile. Very shortly after he had settled in this colouy he commenced to dis- charge the duties of leader of St. Joseph's Choir, in which ho has loyally continued for over 30 years. Tho Catholic community testified to these voluntary services in a very marked manner as far back as 1874, when £30 was subscribed by tho congrega- tion to put chase a piece of plato which was presented to Mr. Hunter by Mr. Thoa. Sheehy at a complimentary tea paity called for that purposo At the meeting the present Bishop expressed the opinion that there never was a testimonial BO well deserved, and his pleasure that the Catholics of Hobart had rocognised Mr. Huntei'B services. While he wa« at all times an active and good member of his own Church, Mr. Hunter is widely known outside of that Church as one whose gener- ous philanthropy made hiin tho friend of almost everyone in distress whose case came before him, and he has always been a liberal subscriber to public subscriptions and charities. It would lengthen thiB alight ?ketch further than wo intended to detail the many excellencies of Mr. Hunter'« charaoter, aud the great respect and esteem in which he has atoll time« been held by all classes of people, so we will conclude it, feeling «ure that we only expreas a general sentiment when we say that he will be greatly missed in Hobart, and will prove in various way« an acquisition to the oity of Brisbane, whither be will be accompanied by the good wishes of a large circle of friend« for hil ¡happiue«» and prosperity.

THE BUILDERS' BANQUET.

The various building trade«, [including the contractors, carpenters, stonemason«,

bricklayers, ironmonger«, etc., of the oity, united in organising a farawell banquet and preaoutation to Mr, Hunter, which took place at tho Mayoi's Court, Town Hall, last night. Beside« the various representatives of the building tradeB a very large number of other citizen« availed themselves of this

opportunity of testifying their respeot for a worthy citizen and au old friend, assembling

around the tables to the total number of

about 100. The banquet was provided by Mr. Chapple, who furnished a capital aproad, laid out with great taste and complete in every detail, Including an active «taff of aid«, Tho Mayor (Mr. A. Crisp) occupied the chair, having on hi« right the guest (Mr. Hunter), Alderman Reynold«, Mesar«. T.'

Lewi« and E. Maher; and > on ihi« left the1 Premier (Hon. P. O. Fyih), the Attorney.' General (Hon. A. I. Clirk), Measr«. J. Gellie,

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I After the "romoval of the dishes tho ¡CHAIRMAN proposed "The Queen," which 'rccciv-'d a loyal and warm responso, Mr. dliiok playing the National Anthem, and " Thp Governor," referring in the latter toñst to tim aotive interest His Excellency .took in anything that would advance the linteristof this colony. The second toast

was drank with musical honours.

Mr. F. Buck then sang "Tho Swiss Alpino song," to which Mr. K. Mumo con- tributed u clarioiiete solo, the performance of both gentlemen being exceedingly good, und* fully meriting the warm applause

roocivul.

i The CHAIRMAN said he next had to pro poso tho toast of tho evening, a toast ho was sure they would all join in heartily re- sponding to, tho health of their guest, Mr. Hi m y Hunter. (Loud aud prolonged cheers.) Beforo proceeding to make any rein ii Us ho desired to-apologise for the abseile» of Mr. G. P. Fitzgerald, who had ! written to express his very deep regret that he was unavoidably prevented from being present that evening. Ho also had to apologise for the absence of a gentleman provoutcd from attending by a very painful clrcumstanco in which they would all sympathise with that gentleman, as ho had won the very general goodwill of all peopte. Ile referred to Mr. C. H. Grant (cheers)-and ho thought Mr. Huuter ought to, bo proud of the following lette I hohad 'rocolvoil from Mr. Grant:

" Hobart, March 22, 1888.

"DKUI MR. CRISP,-I-notlco that you have kindly consented to preside at the bamjuet to bo givon to-night to Mr. Henry Hunter on the occasion of his leaving this colony, and should you have the opportunity, would be greatly obliged if you would express my deep regret at being unable to attend this banquet, as I had earnestly hoped to do.

I " I am sure that no one can have a moro sincere admiration and respect for all the ex- cellent qualities which have endeared Mr. Hunter to this city, in which he has spout HO inuuy years,, and where the marka of his skill are so apparent in all our public build- ings. It is indeed a great and irreparable loss that the city has to bear in his depar- ture thorcfrom, and wero it not that his merits will bo so fully dwelt upon at your tneeting, I should indeed have liked to have descanted upon them, and doubtless you will from the chair remark upon his ines- timable value as a citizen.

" I join all present in the hope that in his

now sphere Mr. Hunter may spend many happy and prosperous years, and both him- self ind family retain that good health, without whioh success of life is of Utile

account.

i / "I am, dear sir,

, " Yours sincerely,

"C H. GRANT."

He could hardly find words to express him- self that night, because he had known Mr. Hunter for many years-ho might say from his (the charman'i) infancy, and he was one of the very large number of people who had the highest respeot for that gentleman. As Mayor of Hobart and the ohief magistrate of the city, he thought he was but expressing the common opinion of the whole body of the oiti/ens when he said they unanimously regretted "that Mr. Hunter was about to leave our shores, (Cheers.) Mr. Hunter bud end ared himself to the people of this city. Hu had been mixed up with that gentleman in business matters and in a great variety of ways, and could honestly and faithfully say that in Mr. Hunter they had all found an honest and upright man, Mr. Hunter was 'a citizen of long standing, and ho could appeal to those around the table the member« of the different building trades, and the truly representative gathering of public men, and all olasses without fear of contradiction-whether they had not found Mr. Hunter, no matter in what capacity they had met him, pursuing an honourable and right course. (Choers.) Tasmania in losing that gentleman would lose a man she could ill afford to spare. Whenever Mr. Hunter's services had been called upon, for purposes of charity or the publia welfare, he had ever been ready to do nil ho could by bis ability or talent, and had always come forward willingly and cheer- fully in aid of any philanthropic movement. Hu had occupied many important positions in this colony-a territorial magistrate, a member of the Board of Education, an examiner in drawing, a member of tho Centtat Board of Health, and a member of many other public bodies. He was a mau of grout ability, which alone would make them regret they were about to lose him. As au architect, , a skilled designer, and a superintendent of works, ho had designed and superintended tho erection of most of our public buildings. Tho very building in which they had met liad been designed aud carried into execu- tion by Mr. Hunter to the entire satisfac- tion, not only of the citizens, but of the ooimnunity, and visitors who came hero eulogised the architect who designed it. He had also designed and carried out most of the public buildings erected in his day, as well as 'tho principal private buildings in Hobin t aud other parts of the colony. The departure of surh a man was not only a private loss but a pnblic loss : but although they were all sorry that he was going from them they would bo glad he was going to Brisbane, where a larger field of profit- able enterprise would opeu to him. He (tho chairman) was pleased to find that Mr. Hunter had already obtained important employment in Brisbane in con- nection with tho erection of now premises for an important finanoial institution. Though he had known Mr. Hunter for so many years he could not express what he felt about that gentleman's inestimable worth. A great many of thoso prcsont woro able to say of Mr. Hunter that he had always dealt out even-handed justice to both prin- cipals and employees, aud earned the respeot of both. As far as the benevolent institu- tions woro concerned, Mr. Hunter had will- ingly und cheerfully assisted them .iii every- way. During the 30 years ho had kuowu him he had always been activoly assisting every good public movement,' Socially, he was a gentleman they were all pleased to be associated with. He would not detain them' further, but would ask them to join' him in expressing tlie hope that Mr. Huutor' might bo aparod for /many years, and*

that he, together with Mrs. Hunter, might long be spared to eujoy health, prosperityr anti happiness. Ho íuvited them to drink the health of one who had heou a most valu- able citiz.cn-Mr. Henry Hunter. (Cheers.)

The toast was, drunk with cheers and musical honours.

Mr. Alderman REYNOLDS said it gave him gieat pleasure to have beou deputed bj^his colleagues in the building trade to present Mr. Hunter with an address aud testimonial on his approaching departure , from, tho colony. Ho could spoak, himself, of Mr. Hunter's career for , over 30 years,, having been brought into contaot with nim, and had many opportunities of becoming acquainted with his qualities. Ho was not going to say that during those 30 years he had never seen a frown ou Mr. Huntor's face.

(Laughter.) But he would say this-ho lud novor known him to say a word against anything without cause. (Hear, hear.) Ho had always found that, if they differed in opinion at any time, there was not anyone

who did not believe that Mr. Hunter was conscious that ho was acting rightly in what- ever he said or did. (Cheers.) Of course oontraetors and builders were sometimes like horses who wanted a tight rein kept on them. (Laughter.) But they did not want to be jerked about-a method of driving which gave horses very hard mouths. There was a way to guide a horse so that he should do his work Ëleosantly, and he had always found Mr.

[unter a gentleman who, fiudiug a wrong, expressed nia opinion, but as soon as it was set right ho would express himself satisfied. (Hoar, hear.) If Mr. Hunter had any troub e it was always unpleasant to him, aud if the builder did his best to put matters right it pleased him.' It was not to be wondered at if during 30 years there were a

few bad horses who tried to kiok over the traces, but he did not think Mr. Hunter bad ever used the whip unmercifully, with these few remarks he would proceed to read the following address from the building

trade :

" Henry Hunter, Esq.

" DEAR SIR,-The members of the build- ing trades in Hobart hearing that you are about, permanently, to leave Tasmania, feel that they have a duty to perform. You have been identified with us for mauy years as an architect, and we are oouscious that

your departure will be, not only a pro- fessional, but a public IOBB.

i " A largo number of the public and private buildings which adorn the colony, but more particularly tho city of Hobart, have been designed and supervised by you, and will remain for a long period specimens of your taste, skill, and judgmout. Apart from your professioual ability a widespread feel- ing has existed that, between principal aud eontraotor, you would dispense eveu-hauded justice

,, iTha Excoutive Government, the bone volent institutions of tlie city and colony will loso in you a judicious friend aud wise counsellor. In severing your conneotion With us, we feel assured, that a like con-, /fidënce so long reposed, iniyou.iu this colony

¡lyïll.not be withheld by .those doing billi nesVand associating, with you in your new

¡«phore of labour. Í And while bidding faro J

well to you as an architect it i« also to"one ) who ha« given an incentive to the trade* and a high'moral tone tosociety. < '

| " With'a small token of our esteem whldh wo desire you to accept, permit us to wish you health, prosperity, and happinoss, and may the Groat Architect of thu Uuiverae 'bless you, Mrs. Hunter, and family. '

i «' We are, dear lir,

I *' Faithfully yours. "March 22, 1888." '

[Hero followed the signatures of, the sub scribora.] i ' ' I '

Tho address, which was printed in illumi- nated Gorman text, within a broken wroath border, composod.of native berries, was tho joint production of Mr. and Mrs. G. T, Taylor, and was vdry tastefully executed. It WUB framed in'a'iery beautifully marked piece ol native musk tree, by Mr, Robin Hood, the whole forming a pretty memento of Tasmania, fit to grace any wall apart from tho seutiments expressed in tho text. I

Mr. Alderman IU.vxoLDS added that it

gave him great pleasure to 'present this ad- dress and testimonial, and it would serve to remind Mr. Hunter of the people with whom ho had been connected in business affairs and the pepple of thu colony he was leaving. They were sorry for tho event which occa- sioned this adare««-(cheer«)-and wished Mr. Hunter to accept, a« a testi- mony of their esteem a purse of sovereigns, which he might spend in ¿electing something to remind him of old friends in the land to which he waa going, whoro they would all wish ho might meet with happi- ness and prosperity. (Cheers.)

The purse which contained the sovereigns was worked by'the Lady Superior of the Presentation Convent, and bore the initials " H.H." iu gold, upon a orimaou ground.

Mr. Robert Young, at this otago of the proceeding», sang i two of hi« i inimitable oomio «ongs, which highly delighted the

audience.

I Mr. HUNTER rose to reply «mid cheers loud and coutinuous, after a lull in which ho ?aid: Mr. Mayor and Gentlemen,-Tosa/ that I am proud of my position to-night but very feebly expresses my sentiment«. ' My

personal inclinations at first wore to shrink from auch a demonstration, but when I look round and witness the high honour and com" pliment you haye -done/ me in, ,thi« the grandest testimonial I could wish for, I am inspired with feeling* whiohmy tongue eau not give utterance to. The trial of parting from «o many old association« i« much easier to bear when I know I am carrying with me the universal goodwill-(hear, hear)-of those with whom I have had intimate busi- ness relations during so large a portion of my life. , Durang my career,.- in ,, the colony, ,notwith«tandiug the/ ,large »and important, puddings with which .' I hare been entrusted, it is something to say that I have.never had a disputed account. (" Hear, hear." "Happy man.") Thik I attribute to the fact that my desire ha« always been, whilst protecting my employers interests, to be «trictly just to the contractors, and their ohe-erful and ready submission to my decisions has been always gratifying to me. (Hear, hear.) The «ame genorous considération has been extended to me by my clients. Whether it has been the Government of the day, building committees, or private individual«, my certificate« have been invariably and promptly honoured, hy piyment, without question, of tho amount certified. ¡You will, I am surr, feel interested to know that I am going to Queensland to associate myself with an old pupil of my own-(hear, hear)-one whose career in my office many of you will remember very favourably, I refer tri Mr. Leslie Corrie, who at present occupies an excellent position in the profession in Brisbane. My son hu already preceded mo, and goes with me into the firm-(hear, hear)-so that with the energy and ability of the young, and my own somewhat matured experience-(hear, hoar)-Messrs. Hunter ana Corrie may reasonably hope for a share in the large works that are in prospect in that .¡sing colony. (Hear, hear.) I desire to apologise for my son's absence to night, an 'urgent telegram rendered it necessary for him to go off at very short notice to assist in work that ia already pressing. It is a building of some importance on a conspicuous corner in the city, for thu Queensland Deposit Bank and Building Society, for which society Mr. Corrie obtained the appointment of architect, on ita formation nearly two year« ago. It is a great undertaking for me to «ever all old associations and friendships here, where I have spent tho greator part of my life, but I feel convinced that I oan place those dependent upon me io a far better position in the larger colony than I could ever hopo for here-(cheer«)-anil rather than break up my family, I prefer that wo should cling together and bravo the ordeal we must undergo in leaving dear old Tasmania. I look forward confidently to returning to the colony - (bear, near) - and my dearest hopes are that I may be permitted to end my days t where so long and so happy a part of my 'life has has been spent. I thank you gentlemen from my heart for the response you have given to the toast so kindly and flatteringly proposed by His Worship the Mayor. I especially thank you, Mr. Muyor, the Honorable the Premier, and the other dis-, tinguished guests, for the great honour you have done mo iu being present at this splendid demonstration. To Mr. Grant who, under such ciroumstauens as ho now lies, I owe a deep debt of gratitude. His thought fulness in writing is indeed a touching episode in this evening's festivity. I thank you all from my heart, and shall evor re member with the warmest feelings of grati- tude, tho eminent services you have rendered me to-night. With your permission, sir, I will read my reply to the address.

" To the Members of the Building Trades of

Hobin t.- ' '

" MY DKAR FRIENDS,-I am quite unable to adequately express the pleasure and gratification with whioh your address and presentation overwhelm me. , , ,

" Thoro is great cause for feelings of pride, which I am not ashamed to admit, when you tell me that, in the fulfilment of my many onerous duties and responsibilities, whilst I have been true to the important trusts oonfided to me I have won your esteem and approbation by the manner in which I have discharged them. ,

" I shall very doarly cherish your beauti- ful address as a public and splendid recogni- tion of your appreciation of my conduct iu the numerous and varied dealings we have had together duriug the past two and-thirty years. It shall hive a place of honour iu my new offices, so that it may be pointed.to for the edification of all who seo it, and as an incentive to those who are going to share with me iu the business I am about to join in Queensland.

i " Permit mo, thon, to offer you my most grateful thanks, and be assured that tho kuowlcdge of my having gained youl esteem whilst living aud working Amongst you, will bq to me always a happy and consoling recol- lection, and will prompt mc to still continue tu my new sphere to discharge the duties of my position faithfully and fearlessly.

" For your good and kind wishes for the future of myself, my wife, and my family, all of whom, I need scarcely add, shaic largely in my pride to-night-let me tender my most s'neere thanks. ' '

" Your souvenir I gratofully accept, and be assured it will (if Buch were neccsaaty) always keep your memory and your kindness

before me.

I am ever, faithfully your«,

' " HENRY HUNTER. " Hobart, March 22, 1888."

With the testimonial you have kindly pre- sented me I can only say I shall take the earliest opportunity of «pending it in the 'purchase of some article of my, household which will be always before me, and which I shall be able, I am quite certain, to hand down to my family «sa heirloom-(cheurs) and a« a recollection of the great honour -the greatest honour and the'greateat testi- monial whioh you could possibly have offered me. I thank you from my heart, gentlemen.

(Cheon.)

Mr. J. GELLIE ro«e to propose " The Par- liament of Tasmania," but before doing ao desired to express hi« pleature at meeting Mr. Hunter at this gathering, while he could not but regret greatly that Air. Hunter wa« about to leave the oolouy. He had known that gentleman «ince he was a boy, and sub- sequently had many busine«« connection« with him, and believed him to be a man that would long be held in the memory of the people of this colony. It had been said that the tout he was about to propose had been given to him, a« it Would probably be the laat time he would be able to have

such an opportunity. (Cheer* and laughter.) He took it to be a worthy and laudable ambition in any man to «spiro to auch a position. After referring to the services of the Parliament in this colony, be expressed the hopo that the Premier, in replying, would give them the straight tin as to what taxation was to be imposed, as there would be no fear of the information

going beyond the room. (Laughter.) Ho referred to various measures of Importance and usefulness whioh hud recently been pasaed by Parliament. IV was ' sometimes «aid that our Parliament did1 not posses«.tho ability of former day«, and no' doubt' many prominent name« had dhnppeared. He questioned 'whether we'1 had «ufficiently valued the «ervioe« of our leading men ID the put, bat he thought the' colony «hoald

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[be proud of the'large'number of natives

coming into political life, prominent among ¡whom stood tho preieut Attorney General, a. man they ought to highly houour. (Cheers.) | Mr. ' K. 'Munio* then played a clarionet solo, "Mussinello Medloy," which was greeted with cheers at its conclusion.

The PREMIER, in replying, desired, in the first plaoo,1 to thank the institutora of tilia gathering for enabling them to be present tugethcr to lighten up the featuros of Mr. Hunter on Ins departure from this colony lu respoudiug to the toast, ho was not going to be' led into any Oth of No- vember Ministerial disquisition (Cheers.) He felt that it was not fitting to go into such matters undor any circumstances ; but he desired to say that it was character- istic of Tasmania that, although they might be bitterly opposed in opinion ou political matters, It tnado no difference to their friendships and social relations. He would say that tho colony meant to honestly face its financial position liko men, believing that as thoy hld got their roads and railways they wero prepared to pay for thom. There'" was only one other matter to refer to, and that was ai matter he had fre-

quently thought over-Tasmania for the Tasmanian», aud one of, tho points of the Government policy would be to endeavour to

settle the sons, of tho colouy, upon its soil, i (Cheers.) Hu thought if thoy looked back

they would be able to say that they did not J reucivo their constitution a day too soon, and had made very gool, use of it Bl nee. There had been many men to the front in this colony who were fit to bold their own any- where, and would have made their mark in any part of tho world. Ho would conclude with the hope that in every part of the B.itish dominions where there was any aspiration for a political constitution the people of that cou uti y would not be louf before they were permitted to enjoy it.

Tho ATTORNEY GKNKRAL, who was re- ceived with cheers, rose to respond to the toast'on behalf of the House of Assembly. It was about 10 years since hn first entored the House, but ho had only been an active member for a few years. Still, be found that there were many members in the House who had not been connected with It so long as'he had been, and ho regretted this very much until he uotieed that moat of the new me Ti- ber» were sons of the soil. He thought it was a matter for congratulation to see the native-born-men educated here, settled here, and who were likely to remain here and die here-ooming forward to take their natural positions in the paths of publie duty. His occupation in life bad not brought him into personal contact with Mr. Hunter very often, but he could join with tbsm all in bearing teatimouy to tho high appreciation and respect he had noticed everywhere entertained for that gentleman, and waa exceedingly please 1 to

ear Mr. Hunter express his determination to return to this coleny and end his days here. (Cheers.) .

The PBKMIKR proposed " The Mayor and; Aldermen," referring to the great import-' ance 'of the civic institutions in these young countries, and tho good »tamp of men wbo esme forward to serve the citizens in, this respect in this colony. ,

The toast wa* drunk with cheers.

1 Alderman DILLON returned thanks on behalf of the Mayor and aldermen, and ex- pressed gratitude at the kind words uttered by" the Premier about the City Fathers, I especially as there were very few who would

say anything in their favour at present.^ After making a lengthy reference to the sanitary queation he concluded by wishing health, wealth, and prosperity to the guest of the evening.

Song, " Never mind the rest," Mr. p. IV.

S. James. '

I Mr. HUNTER proposed "The building

trade." He said Chore was nobody who felt more interest in the subject than ho did, but he was sorry bo was not able to do the toast tho justice it deserved. Ho was pleased to see all the branches of tho trade repre- sented around the table. Competition in the trade had been very keen for some time past, and he would advise them whilst that lasted not to bo led away by the eagerness to secure work into taking it at a lower price than they could do,it for. (Hear, hoar.) Auother thing he wished to urge upon tbem was the desirability of paying every attention to their apprentices. Now that technical schools had been established they ought to do all they oould to induce their apprentices to take advantage of thom. The Govern ment of the day deserved every oredtt for having established technical schools-(hear, hear)-and he felt sure that the encourage- ment of thom would have a good effect upon the building trade in general, as those who had the benefit of such teaching would be

much better fitted for their work in after life. The toast was drunk with cheers.

Song--" Watoh on the Rhine," Mr. F. Buck.

Mr. G. S. SEABROOK responded on behalf of the building trade. He said that in the majority of instances where they worked without an architect they generally got into a fog, but whenever thoy worked under Mi. Hunter they always had the advantage of Working With well matured plans, ana thus Ihey were relieved of very great difficulty. Mr. Hunter's plans never left his office until they wore thoroughly matured. (Hear, hear.) He bad worked under him as au apprentice and as a journeyman, and had always felt a high regard for him. With regard to the technical schools he had always felt that the artisans who oame from the Old Country were placed in a better position than those who belonged to this colony. (No, no.) He 'thought that it was the case, as the natives could not bo expected to have the samo knowledge as those who had had early training in the well organised technical schools of the Old Country. He trusted that Mr. Hunter would meet with success

in his new spheie, and assured him that his welfare would be eagerly watched by his mauy friends in Tasmania.

Song-"Climb up," Mr. R. YOUNO.

The company dispersed about U'30, after singing " Auld Lang Syne" and "GodSave the Queen." , ¡

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