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The Spike or Victoria College Review, June 1906

In Memoriam

page 77

In Memoriam

In Mr. Seddon, the Victoria College has lost a true and kindly friend. We have to thank him for his liberality towards us as head of the Government, and for the discriminating advice he gave in connection with the plans of our building, and for many other marks of his interest in the College, and solicitude for its welfare. But we cannot here discuss in all its bearings what may be the duties of Government in providing the means of higher education. It must suffice to recall that Mr. Seddon, as Premier, repeatedly encouraged the College Council to incur all necessary expenditure in the equipment and stalling of the College, and that he invariably redeemed his promises of additional pecuniary help. Considering the many demands of education in all parts of the Colony on the public purse, he provided for the Victoria College with liberality, and would certainly have made further provision for the complete efficiency of the College, had he been permitted to do so.

But at this moment of deep and universal mourning, what we would especially recall is the friendly interest so often shown by Mr. Seddon personally in us and our doings, his presence at our Capping Ceremonies and Athletic Sports, and the warm cordiality and hearty friendliness of the words with which he addressed us on such occasions. We have indeed lost a friend, and it is with most genuine sorrow that we join with all New Zealand in tendering the deep sympathy of the Students of Victoria College to Mrs. Seddon, to T. E. Y. Seddon, as one of ourselves, and to all Mr. Seddon's family.