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Henry Douglas Morton (1867–1932)

The death occurred yesterday of Mr. Henry Douglas Morton in a private hospital in Sydney after a protracted illness.

He was a former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of this State and a brother of Mr. Mark Morton, M.L.A. Another brother, the late Mr. P. H. Morton, who was formerly a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, died only about a month ago.

The late Mr. H. D. Morton was 63 years of age, and was the fourth son of the late Mr. H. G. Morton, of Shoalhaven. He entered the service of the Commercial Bank after leaving school, and subsequently became one of the Joint managers of the Hay Estate at Coolangatta.

He entered the Legislative Assembly as member for the Hastings and Macleay, serving a period of 10 years altogether in Parliament.

He succeeded Mr. Henry Willis as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. For the last four years he had lived in retirement through ill-health. At one stage of his career Mr. Morton possessed a large string of jumping and buggy horses, which won many prizes at agricultural shows throughout the State. Included amongst the horses was the well-known Jumper Desmond.

He is survived by a widow, one son, Mr. Hamilton Morton, of the Commonwealth Bank, Brisbane, and one daughter, Mrs. D. Baird, of Sydney. His three surviving brothers are Messrs. O. G. Morton, engineer, of Muswellbrook; Mark Morton, M.L.A., and Fred Morton, of Nowra.

The funeral will take place this afternoon, and the remains will be cremated at the Rookwood Crematorium.

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19 October, 1867
Numbaa, New South Wales, Australia


3 June, 1932 (aged 64)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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