Newspaper Article – Oldest Living Graduate

Oldest Living Graduate.

The Rt. Rev. the Bishop of Waiapu, Dr. Williams, in a short and facetious speech, said that he found himself in the position, he supposed, which no man could hope to occupy for an unlimited time, and that was, he was the oldest living graduate of Canterbury College. “Honestly, I do not feel old,” he said.

The Bishop recalled that he took his degree at the second capping ceremony in 1880. He was one of five. He had to do with all the professors of the day. He sipped a little of the various cups of knowledge, without draining any very deeply. He did feel that it was fortunate that he was in Wellington at the present time in order that Dr. Hight might feel that all the college history – from the oldest to the youngest graduate – was behind him in congratulating him on the honour the King had been pleased to confer.

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Herbert William Williams (1860-1937)

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