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Beauchamp, Horatio (1826–1896)

The death of Mr Horatio Beauchamp, who has expired from heart disease, removed one who was prominent in business and philanthropical circles in Melbourne for many years. Mr Beauchamp, who was 69 years of age, was a native of London, and he landed in Victoria in the year 1848. When gold was discovered he sought fortune on the diggings for some years, and in 1859 he established in Lonsdale street the auctioneering business which is not carried on in Collins street by his sons. Being successful in his undertakings he threw himself actively into the philanthropic work of the city. One of the institutions to which he devoted his particular care was the Hornbrook Ragged Schools. He personally gave lessons to the children gathered there, and organised picnics for them, and many of the then little friendless waifs have reason to remember his kindly interest. His sympathy with the young also led him to take a great interest in the moral welfare of the boys on the training-ship Nelson. The Immigrants’ House and the Immigrants’ Aid Society owed much to his support and oversight, and all the Melbourne charities benefited largely by his unostentatious charity. He was president of the Melbourne Total Abstinence Society for several years.

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'Beauchamp, Horatio (1826–1896)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/beauchamp-horatio-13691/text24469, accessed 12 December 2019.

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