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Henry Algernon (Harry) Hay (1881–1947)

News of the death of Mr. H.A. [Harry Algernon] Hay, which occurred suddenly in Horsham, Vic. on Tuesday afternoon last December 2, 1947, was heard with great regret by his friends and acquaintances in the Corowa district.

His passing calls to mind, with older residents particularly, the long association of the Hay family with the social and public life of the town and district. For a great many years deceased lived at Collendina Station, with his parents, that property having been purchased by the late Mr. William Hay, grandfather of deceased, who originally owned Boomanoomana Station. The late Mr. William Hay was a member of the Legislative Assembly of NSW, in the days before payment of members. There were two sons of the late Wm Hay— Alfred and Henry— and when in the year 1873 Collendina Station was purchased, Henry took over Collendina, and Alfred remained at Boomanoomana. Collendina Station was formed in 1842 by the late Robert Brown, who held it for some years; and it passed through different hands before being purchased by Mr. William Hay.

On being married deceased (Mr. Algy Hay) lived in the large bungalow which was built on a portion of the station and known as "Kunanadgee." On the death of his parents he occupied the "Collendina" homestead until such time as the property came to be sold.

During a long period the institutions, societies and public organisations of all kinds in the town and district met with unstinted financial support and practical assistance by the Hay family, and in this respect the old family traditions wore worthily carried on by deceased.

His public spiritedness, his genial manner, his many acts of a philanthropic character won for him the admiration of everyone. Besides the heavy work which devolved on him as the owner of a large station property, he played an active part in the affairs of the P. A. & H. Society of which he was president for a number of years following in the footsteps of his father; the Corowa Race Club, Picnic Race Club; and in every possible  movement for the advancement of the interests of the town and district.

In his boyhood days he attended the Melbourne Grammar School, and later entered Cambridge University in England, where he received the degree of LLB.

The late Mr. Algy Hay is survived by his wife, who was Miss Marjory Moule, daughter of the late Judge Moule; and two sons and two daughters— Peter (Melbourne), David (Canberra), Hilary (Mrs. Phillip Hudson, Melbourne), Rosemary (Mrs. Alex Borthwick, Canberra): two sisters— Trixy (Melbourne) and Molly (Mrs. Monckton Synnot, Macedon), and six grand-children. He was 66 years of age.

The funeral took place yesterday morning at Geelong.

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'Hay, Henry Algernon (Harry) (1881–1947)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 June 2024.

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