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Descendants of Elizabeth Morris

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614. Harold Wesley George Hunt

The Late Mr. Harold Hunt.
The funeral of the late Mr. Harold Hunt, B.A., principal of the Dubbo Grammar School, whose death was reported in the Liberal issued last Friday, took place on Saturday. The remains were brought from the Sanatorium at Newtown, and at 2.30 p.m. the mournful procession moved from the school. The present pupils, ex-pupils, and night students walked at the head of the procession, and were followed by the Rev. F. Campion, Messrs. T. L Jones, H. Guest, E. Hawke, and C. Taylor, representing the Dubbo District Cricket Union. The coffin was completely hidden beneath its burden of flowers, wreaths having been sent by a great number of friends. Vehicles of all descriptions followed the hearse to the grave, which was in the Presbyterian portion of the Dubbo Cemetery, and in which Mr. Hunt's first child had been buried some two years before. The Rev. A. Holliday, B.A., LL.B., officiated, and recited in most impressive manner the service according to the rites of the Methodist Church. In addition to Mr. G. H. Hunt (father) and Mr. T. Hunt
(brother) of the deceased gentleman, and the school boys, a great number of prominent townsmen surrounded the grave, amongst whom were the Rev. J. T. Main, M.A., Moderator of the Presbyterian Assembly; Rev. E. H. Lea, rector of Holy Trinity; Rev. F. Campion, B.A., Messrs. W. C. Cardew, U. J. Tinkler, R. G. Dulhunty, A. H. Fearon, J. G. Brown, E. N. Blacket, W. W. Baird, J. S. Sherry, G. H.
Taylor, S. J. Cadman, E. H. Mumford, Alderman J. Field and E. G. Adams, C. Cadell, A. A. Kirkland, W. Benham, F. W. Phillips, J. W. Sillar, T. L. Jones, A. Wurfel, T. W. White, H. B. Pinnington, E. Hill, G. Palmer, S. A. Russell, C. J. Adams, J. A. Busby, J. C. Tibbits, P. A. Smith, Alderman J. Tighe, T. W. Heaydon, and many others.  The Rev. A. Holliday, in the course of the service, said:--
" We are met here to-day to commit the body of our friend to the grave, and to pay our tribute of respect to our departed townsman. He was a man who splendidly filled his place in society, a noble son, an exemplary husband, a most devoted father, a master-teacher, a keen sportsman, a citizen of the finest type, a sincere Christian --one of God's good men. He was gifted in brain, brave in heart, beautiful in life. His translation of the truths of Christ into the ethics of life was such that we could all appreciate. He made goodness attractive. He touched the best within as. He bore life's burdens bravely. He interpreted the providence of life and the power of God, so
that he lived upon the threshold of the heavenly. His race was well run; his work was well done. Alas, the sun went down whilst it was yet day. His fragile body is returned to the dust and his spirit back to God, who gave it; but chastened by the discipline of life, and perfected by sublime faith and sanctified suffering. His influence lives on. It is an inspiration. It has entered into the making of his boys.
It has given them new motives, higher ideals. It will be multiplied, intensified, and sanctified in the years that are to be. The lads at the formative period not only learned mathematics from him, but manhood, tempered and fine; not merely classics, but chivalry, character, and honour. His place will be difficult to fill.  We may obtain another teacher for our boys, but not such another teacher. He trained the brain and developed the body, but he also trained the heart and tempered the quality of manhood. He taught them how to lead life, to sovereign power. And now he is gone! But we are better equipped for life, with wider knowledge and nobler hearts, because we have known him. Scholar, sportsman, Christian, saint--we loved him well; we trusted him greatly; we thank God for every remembrance of
him. Servant of God, well done ! Life's battle well won--Life's work well done !'" During the service the hymns, " Jesu.lover of my soul," and " Abide with me," were sung by all present, the scene at times being very affecting. Wreaths and floral tributes were sent by
the following :-- Wreaths were sent by the following :-- The Boys of the School, the Cricket Union, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Sherry, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. P. Watson, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. George Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Henderson, Dr. J. A. Dick, Dr. Kinrose, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Serisier, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Palmer, Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Kidston, Mr. and Mrs. Howe, Mr. and Mrs. White, Misses M. and D. Tibbits, Miss D. Kerr, Mrs. Kerr, Mrs. Toomay, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Sutton, Mr. and Mrs. . Heaydon, Mrs. Belbridge, Masters Norman and B. Brown, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Bentley, and others. Also telegrams and letters of sympathy
from Mr. Bridges (Chief Inspeotor of Schools), Mr. McCredie (Deputy Chief), Rev. J. E. Carrathers, and a host of other friends.  We learn that the late Mr. Hunt leaves two children--one the little girl mentioned in our last issue, and the other a baby girl of two months.
At the Methodist Church on Sunday evening, the Rev. A. Holliday, B.A., LL.B., made special reference to the late Mr. Hunt. For his text he selected the second chapter of the Epistle to Titus, portion of the tenth verge," That they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.''
Source: The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate 27 May 1903


1737. Harold Arthur Kincross Hunt


by K. J. McKay

Harold Arthur Kinross Hunt (1903-1977), classical scholar and educationist, was born on 16 March 1903 at Dubbo, New South Wales, third child of Harold Wesley George Hunt, a native-born schoolmaster, and his wife Grace Matilda, née Henderson, who had been born in Germany. His father died within three months of Harold's birth; his mother then trained as a teacher and founded Woodcourt College, Marrickville, Sydney. Educated at Newington College under C. J. Prescott and at the University of Sydney (B.A., 1924), he graduated with first-class honours in classics and the university medal. A Cooper travelling scholarship took him to Queen's College, Oxford (M.A., 1926).

In 1927-35 Hunt taught at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School. Senior classics master from 1931, he also directed debating, rowing, rifle-shooting and the cadet corps, and completed a diploma of education (1929) at the University of Melbourne. On 20 December 1928 he married Gwendolen Dinah Fulton Jones (d.1977) at St Stephen's Anglican Church, Penrith, New South Wales.

Hunt joined the staff of the University of Melbourne in 1936 as lecturer in classics. Promoted senior lecturer (1945) and associate-professor (1949), he succeeded C. A. Scutt in 1955 as professor of classical studies. The department's new name suited Hunt, whose broad interests included numismatics, social history and archaeology; his major concerns were ancient philosophy (especially Stoicism) and Ciceronian studies. He was awarded a Litt.D. by the university in 1950 for his thesis, The Humanism of Cicero (published 1954). Sub-dean (1938-41) and dean (1955-57) of the faculty of arts, he was a member of council in 1952-55.

During World War II Hunt had served in the Citizen Military Forces (1942) and as an intelligence officer in the Australian Imperial Force (1942-43). He rose to captain and was involved in devising an intensive course of instruction in Japanese. On this model, in 1946 he pioneered an intensive course in Ancient Greek, flexible enough to serve his department for forty years. A born teacher, he was method lecturer (1945-49) in Latin in the university's school of education. His book, Training through Latin (1948), was one result, while other technical publications followed his association (1962-65) with the Australian Council for Educational Research. Hunt was a popular public lecturer with a droll sense of humour, displayed with deadpan face and immaculate timing. He was utterly fearless in singing to crowded lecture theatres his Latin translations of hits from the musicals. His 'special genius for sociability' put many a student at ease.

Councillor (1932), treasurer (1934-42), vice-president (1946-50 and 1955-61), president (1950-54) and patron (1962-77) of the Classical Association of Victoria, Hunt delivered its H. W. Allen lecture in 1963, 1970 and 1973. He was an articulate champion of his discipline and president (1967-69) of the Australian Society for Classical Studies. A foundation member (1954) of the Australian Humanities Research Council, he became sub-editor of The Humanities in Australia (edited by (Sir) Grenfell Price, Sydney, 1959). Following retirement in 1969, Hunt published The Story of Rotary in Australia (1971), The Professor and the Possum (1973), The Master Printers of Sydney (Sydney, 1976) and A Physical Interpretation of the Universe (1976). He died on 11 April 1977 at Camberwell and was cremated; his son and daughter survived him. An excellent likeness by Rex Bramleigh appears as the frontispiece to Cicero and Virgil (Amsterdam, 1972), a festschrift for Hunt edited by John Martyn.

This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 14, (MUP), 1996