Clement Friend Hawkins

Male 1870 - 1917  (47 years)


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  • Name Clement Friend Hawkins 
    Born 16 Apr 1870  Inman Valley District Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Sep 1917  Windsor, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Brighton, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Details of Clements birth were obtained from South Australian Births 1842 - 1906 book 83, Page 375, District Cod Yan.

      OBITUARY from "PINNAROO AND BORDER TIMES"

      THE LATE MR C.F. HAWKINS
      As briefly noted in our last issue, the death of Mr C.F. Hawkins created a profound impression and a gloom throughout the Malle. Tragic in its suddenness the passing of a personality who carried the admiration and esteem of the whole community, and whose special attainments and culture were directed to the advancement of all interests and the betterment of social conditions, was regarded as one of the greatest blows yet experienced by the community. Duty to the people of the district in which he lived under the happiest associations, called him to Melbourne as a delegate of the Ngallo Branch to the Conference of the Farmers' Union. Passing through Adelaide on this journey and which at the time, beyond a heavy cold, Mr. Hawkins was in his usual good spirits, he attended the Conference on the morning and afternoon. Late the same night he was taken suddenly from which he never regained consciousness and passed away within an hour, the cause of death being Uremia. The deceased who was 47 years of age, was buried in the Brighton Cemetery (presumably Vic) on Thursday. Mr Jack Hawkins, a son, who was living in Melbourne, being the only member of his family present, time did not permit of Mrs Hawkins and her daughter, Miss Francie , being present.

      The late Mr. Hawkins was an old resident of Warnertown, (S.A.) and was for some time a minister of the Methodist Church. A greater part of the intervening period he engaged in farming taking up a block in the parish of Ngallo, seven years ago,. Indifferent health necessitated a retirement from his work about 2 years ago when he accepted the position of teacher to the local school where he gained the respect of parents and the love of the children. Educational matters and research work of many interesting branches were followed later and the deep interest and thoroughness in botanical studies of the Mallee flora gained the attention and appreciation of the State authorities. A recent address at Pinaroo on the plants of the Mallee (which unfortunately was given under unfavourable weather conditions) testified to a wide knowledge of this subject and students' appreciation of systematically directing those studies to a definite purpose. It is perhaps not generally known that the late Mr. Hawkins has an extremely interesting collection of local weeds, the greater part of which he had identified and catalogued, and that during his investigations of plant life, he discovered new plants unknown to Australian flora. A lengthy list of plants, shrubs etc, including an interesting article appeared in these columns a few months back. All these and other scholastic studies were being continued up to the time of his death which cut short, what had every promise of a brighter and still more successful career in bigger spheres. It was probable that Mr Hawkins would have shortly taken up the mastership of a city or an important suburban school. As speaker and conversationalist the deceased was engaging and urbane, tolerant in his views but plain and honest in his convictions. To him human nature in its social and political aspect was an engrossing subject and his remarks or writings on this and many other topics always commanded the greatest respect. His facial pen and literary ability were responsible for many valuable contributions to the press, not the least was a brilliant address on "School and Character" before the Murrayville District Teachers Association held last March. Speaking of the lure of the City and in praise of the Country he said; "In nature study especially can this spirit be developed; children are made familiar with the names, habits and marks of the plants and flowers, and insects that daily surround them. The sympathetic teacher can also invest the whole subject with charm and romance, that there will be developed in the child a real love for the country and its dumb inhabitants. Thus there will be reared not only another lover of his country, but a lover of country life in that country. This is one of the best national assets a country can have."

      Our columns have frequently been brightened in the days of adversity and since, by a robust and inspiring confidence of the Mallee Through contributions from the late Mr Hawkins. His outlook, when the clouds did not show the silver streak, was ever cheerful and his reasoning and deductions always sound and logical. He was conversant with the days of hard fighting, of physical and mental strain that engendered pessimism; but all through this great battle, which has now been happily ended, his words brought optimism to the local press - the smile of a "smile when everything went dead wrong" - was characteristic of a cheerful and inspiring nature. It is only echoing the true sentiments of the people on both sides of the Border to say that the community has suffered a heavy loss in the death of this esteemed resident and that heartfelt sympathy go with the wife and family in their sad bereavement. The feeling of the people of Ngallo was expressed by a resident who came intimately in contact with the deceased: "The news", said he, "came as a severe shock to us all. Nothing but good can be said about him: he was a true friend to the district, admired and respected by everyone and to the school children the loss will be severely felt."

      DEATH NOTICE: On the 26th September, at the Residence of Mr R.D. Speed, Derrinall, 24 Lewisham Road, Windsor, Clement Friend Hawkins, the beloved husband of Minnie E Hawkins, of Pinnaroo, S.A. the loving father of Miss Francie and Mr Jack Hawkins, aged 47.

      Friend matriculated from Melbourne University with Englis Honours, took an Arts and Divinity Course at Queens College (Melbourne University) and after a 7 year Divinity course was ordained at Wesley Church, Melbourne, Dr Fitchett (the well known author) delivering the charge. He was a keen college sportsman, holding triple colours at Wesley College in football, cricket and rowing. He also rowed in the first university eight at Queens College on the Yarra. He was trained as a state school teacher under Mr Wallace Clobb, B.A, (Sydney). For three years he was leader of the Zion City Movement in Adelaide. He entered Wesley College in 1889 when he was nearly 19. This was not uncommon in those days. Boys who wished to enter teaching or the ministry spent one or two years at church schools (the only secondary schools at the time) to qualify for matriculation. (The Tucker Family in Australia, 1992)
    Person ID I2471  Tucker Family Tree | The descendants of James Tucker
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2007 

    Father William Clement Hawkins,   b. 18 Jun 1844, Albany, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1893, Napperby, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Miriam Jane Tucker,   b. 5 Sep 1849, McClaren Vale, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1918  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 29 Jul 1869  St Ann Church Aldinga, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    St Ann's Church Aldinga South Australia, Australia
    St Ann's Church Aldinga South Australia, Australia
    St Ann's Church Aldinga South Australia
    St Ann's Anglican Church Aldinga South Australia
    St Ann's Anglican Church Aldinga South Australia
    St Ann's Anglican Church Aldinga South Australia
    Family ID F0712  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eliza Marion Speed,   b. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1896  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Frances Marion Hawkins,   b. Abt 1897, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. R.C. Hawkins
    Family ID F1353  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Apr 1870 - Inman Valley District Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1896 - Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Sep 1917 - Windsor, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Brighton, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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