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Thursday, 10 September 1936


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [3.17]. - by leave - I regret to inform honorable senators that a former member of the Senate, the Honorable Sir Albert Gould, died in Sydney on the 27 th July last, at the advanced age of 89. Sir Albert had a very lengthy parliamentary career, which commenced in 1882, when he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. He was a member of that chamber for sixteen years, and during that period was Minister for Justice on two occasions. It is interesting to recall that ho was associated with the late Sir Henry Parkes in his government. In April, 1899, the late honorable senator was appointed a member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, of which he remained a member until June, 1901. In that year he entered the Senate as a senator for the State of New South Wales, and was re-elected to that position at three subsequent general elections. He did not seek reelection in 1917. Sir Albert Gould attained the important office of President of the Senate in February, 1907, a position which he held until July, 1910. In 1908, His Majesty recognized his public services by creating him a Knight Bachelor. It was my great privilege to know Sir Albert well during our long association together in this chamber, ana I keenly regret the passing of such a worthy gentleman. He was known to us as , the possessor of unusual intellectual gifts, which he freely used in the performance of his public duties. His occupancy of the Presidency of the Senate was distinguished by the capable manner in which he performed the duties of that high office. He set a worthy standard for men in public life to follow, and I am sure that the recollection of his many admirable qualities of mind and heart will long be cherished by all who were fortunate enough to enjoy the privilege of his acquaintance. Our very sincere sympathy goes out to the members of his family in the great loss they have sustained. I move -

That this Senate expresses its deep regret at the death of Lieutenant-Colonel the Honorable Sir Albert John Gould, K.B., V.I)., a former member of the New South Wales- and Commonwealth Parliaments, and a former State Minister and President of the Senate, places on record its appreciation of his distinguished public service and tenders to the members of his family its profound sympathy in their bereavement.







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