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Friday, 24 June 1904

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (Hume) - It was with great sorrow and grief that I learned from the newspapers this morning of the death of Mr. Copeland, who was for many years a colleague of mine, and in regard to whom I can speak with a great deal of confidence. There was no truer friend, no better man, no man whom I knew, or with whom I came into contact, who had greater natural abilities, or gave those abilities more freely to the service of his State, and afterwards of the Commonwealth. During the many years of public life in which he held high positions in New South Wales, he was respected and admired for his outspokenness, his honesty, his great integrity, and as a man who studied with all his will the interests of the people of Australia. He was not only a representative of the State of New South Wales, but from the earliest time I knew him, a truly representative Australian. I think that we have lost a very great man in losing one of such high qualities as Mr. Copeland possessed.

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