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Tuesday, 10 November 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) - In seconding this motion I feelthat I am honouring myself and my colleagues of the Opposition when I join withthe right honorable the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce) in paying a last tribute of respect to the memory of one who hasbeen so suddenly removed fromour midst. I knew the late Sir

Littleton Groom from the time he entered the public life of my own State. I also knew his father, and can testify to the splendid service of father and son to Queensland and Australia generally. If it cun he said of any man that he was a cultured gentleman, and that he had a well-balanced nature, that he earned the profound respect of every one with whom he came in contact, that can be truly said of Sir Littleton Groom. A man of wide education, a lover of literature and of all that is best and most beautiful in life, he was incapable of coarseness of either thought or expression. As a speaker he was much sought after. I heard him speak on numerous occasions, on widely different subjects and always with advantage to myself. He ennobled and dignified the simple and the abstrusealike. He will be long remembered by all who love Canberra for his wonderful work in connexion with this splendid National Capital. Before a spade was turned, or a brick laid in, the building of this city, he visualized the Canberra that now is, and what it will yet be. He saw it as Australia's contribution to our national consciousness. He loved its beauty and dignity as few others have done, and in this connexion, as in others, he has left us a legacy worth cherishing. All our hearts go out in deepest sympathy to Lady Groom, whose loss is tragic and irreparable.

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