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Thursday, 16 November 1939

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Prime Minister) . - To-day it is again my sad duty to record the death of another former member of this House, the Honorable William Caldwell Hill, who passed away in Melbourne yesterday afternoon. Mr. Hill terminated his association with the

Commonwealth Parliament just before I entered it and I, therefore, did not have the privilege of personal association with bini. His parliamentary career commenced in .September, 1919, when he was elected to represent the division of Echuca in this House. He retained the seat continuously until 1934, when he retired on the expiration of the thirteenth parliament. He attained office as Minister for Works and Railways in August, 1924, and held that portfolio for over four years. He is remembered in this House for his practical knowledge of rural problems, particularly those associated with the wheat industry. His ministerial duties were discharged cap.ably. and his personal qualities earned for him a high place in the esteem of his parliamentary colleagues. We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Hill and the members of her family in the loss which they have sustained. I move -

That this House expresses its deep regret at the death of the Honorable William Caldwell Hill, a former member for the division of Echuea in this House, and Commonwealth Minister, places on record its appreciation of his meritorious public service, and tenders its heartfelt sympathy to his widow and family in their bereavement.

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