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Albion Hayne (1857–1927)


After long and faithful service as Town Clerk, Mr. Albion Hayne, who was the eighth gentleman to hold the office, passed away yesterday afternoon.

The late Mr. Hayne contracted pleurisy about five months ago, and subsequently suffered a relapse from which he did not recover. Born in England 70 years ago, Mr. Haynes came' with his parents to Queensland in 1867, just four year after Ipswich was proclaimed a municipality. He received his education in Ipswich, and on leaving school entered the employment of Messrs. Cribb and Foote. Some time was spent in the service of the late Mr. Thomas Hancock, and of Messrs. Macfarlane Brothers. and on April 1, 1893, he succeeded Mr. J. S. Michael as Town Clerk. Mr. Hayne was an expert accountant, and in this connection the office over which he presided for so long has been regarded as a model throughout Queensland. Mr. Hayne served under many aldermen, and the fact that he has been well spoken of by all is evidence of his fine character. In his office he displayed, courtesy which did not fail to impress. This admirable quality and his wise counsel on difficult civic problems always-inspired confidence.

On many occasions the worth of the late Mr. Elayne as an organiser was revealed. He was an enthusiast in the cause of technical education, and the work begun by his predecessor in this respect was heartily taken up by Mr. Hayne and carried to a successful issue in the foundation of the Ipswich Technical College. He was its first Secretary, and as such his name appears on the foundation stone of this fine Institution. Mr. Hayne will be remembered by a large section of citizens for his excellent work during the tireat War. Dauring those four and a half years he acted as Treasurer of the local Patriotic Funds, work which entailed considerable sacrifice, but was caried out with a thoroughness which served as an inspiration to others engaged with him. Some idea of the immensity of his task may be gained from the fact that considerably more than £40,000 passed through his hands.

An ardent adherent of the Congregational Church, the late Mr. Hayne at one time acted as organist and conductor of the choir at the Central Church, and for many years in a similar capaclty at North Ipswich. He was an ardent supporter of Ipswich's musical institutions, and many candidates in eisteddford competitions have cause for gratefulness for his kindly interest. Mr. Hayne witnessed many great changes during his 63 years' residence in Ipswich, and was largely resaonsible for mich of the civic progress made. Hundreds who have joined in admiration of the life and labours of a man who gave 34 years in the service of his fellows will keenly regret his demise.

Yesterday the flag at the Town Hall was flown at half-mast out of respect for one of the most faithful servants the council ever had. The Mayor (Ald. A. T. Stephenson) has intimated tlhat the council office will be closed at 2.30 o'clock to-day to allow members of the staff  to attend the funeral of their its beloved chief.

It is rather a pathetic circumstance, that when taken ill, Mr. Hayne was about to enter on six months' leave of absence. He had planned to visit the Old Land, and the Mayor had arranged a presentation for him. Some little time ago Mr. Albion Hayne. Jun., received from the citizens, on behalf of his father, a very valuable gift.

The late Mr. Hayne married Miss Margaret Macfarlane, a dabghter of the late Mr, John Macfarlane, M.L.A., and she died two years ago. Three sons survive him. They are Mr. Alibon Hayne (Manager of the Ipswich brancal of the Bank of New South Wales), Mr. Gilbert Hayne (Manager of the Milanda branch of the same Institution, who has been transferred to Clifton), and Mr. Eric Hayne (the well-known violinist of Brisbane). Brothers are Mr. W. M. Hayne (President of the Brisbane Stock Exchange) and Mr. Arthur Hayne (of the Rallsay Delpartment, Ipwisch). Mesdames L. Hancock, James England, and E. Macfarlane, all of whom live in Ipswich, are sisters.

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Tintinhull, Somerset, England


23 October, 1927 (aged ~ 70)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

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