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Oliver Morrice Williams (1857–1938)

The death on Sunday morning at his home in Tintertt avenue, Toorak, of Mr. Oliver Morrice Williams closes a career of valuable public Service and untiring philanthropic work. Mr. Williams's retirement in 1916 from important positions in banking and finance served only to increase his interest in social service. In 1920 he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his work as chairman of the executive of the Repatriation Trust in Victoria. Mr. Williams was born in Hobart on September 27, 1857, and came to Melbourne as a boy. He was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, leaving to join the staff of the Bank of Australasia. In 1891 he transferred to the London Chartered Bank as an inspector, and about 18 years later became general manager of the bank, a position he retained until his retirement. During the war Mr. Williams served on various committees formed in Melbourne to assist Australian soldiers, including the War Funds Committee. Mr. Williams married a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Swallow, of Port Melbourne, in April, 1886. They celebrated their golden wedding at a reception at 9 Darling street, South Yarra, in 1936. He is survived by Mrs. Williams, four sons—Messrs. Keith, Oliver, Clive, and Denis Williams —and two daughters, Mrs. L. McCutcheon and Mrs. Colin Chisholm Ross. One son, Captain Charles Williams, M.C., was killed while serving in France with the Australian Imperial Force.

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27 September, 1857
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


31 July, 1938 (aged 80)
Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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