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Dight, Charles Hilton (1813–1852)

We don't know whether it has struck our readers that death has been making unusual havoc in our Legislative and Executive bodies, short as has been their existence in Victoria — but it has us. In the Legislative Council, Mr. Robinson, member for Geelong; Mr. Dunlop, Crown nominee; and lastly, Mr. Dight, member for North Bourke, have been all suddenly snatched away from us; in the case of the two first-named gentlemen, indeed, only a few hours intervened between their sickness and decease, whilst Mr. Dight had been in rude health only a few days prior to his death. In the Executive Council we have also lost Mr. McKenzie, the Colonial Treasurer; who, though seriously ill for some time, was considered out of danger for several days prior to his dissolution. Verily, 'in the midst of life we are in death.' During his short Legislatorial career, Mr. Dight, though not a very brilliant representative, had the reputation of being an upright and conscientious man, who invariably voted as he conceived to be best calculated to advance the interests of the colony. The deceased was a native of New South Wales, and is regretted by a large circle of friends. He was also one of the originators of the Victoria Gold Escort Company, and thereby gained much popularity.

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'Dight, Charles Hilton (1813–1852)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/dight-charles-hilton-17595/text29246, accessed 18 November 2018.

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