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William Ponsonby McMahon (1851–1933)

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Mr. William P. McMahon died last week at the age of 82. Upon the foundation of the "Tribune" in 1900, Mr. McMahon became associated with it and remained on the staff for nineteen years. Mr. McMahon was also actively identified for many years with the Catholic Federation and the Catholic Young Men's Society. Of the Federation he was a foundation member and vice-president, and a prominent lecturer at its summer schools. He was also on the executive of the C.Y.M.S. A notable expression of the esteem in which the Catholic community held Mr. McMahon was the occasion, in July, 1922, when he was made the recipient of a presentation after his retirement from the "Tribune." Archbishop Mannix presided, and tributes of regard were received from the Bishops of each Victorian diocese. The words of Dr. Mannix on that occasion aptly summed up his great work for the Church: "When I came to Australia I was greatly struck by the fact that I found here an intelligent and zealous body of laymen prepared to spend themselves in their labours for the Faith, a body such as I had never yet come into contact with in any other country I had visited men not merely willing to give money, but ready to give their services, day and night in the cause of the Church and of Catholic education. Foremost among these men was Mr. McMahon. His life has been spent for Catholicity and for Australia." R.I.P.

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21 December, 1851
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


17 May, 1933 (aged 81)
East Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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