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11th  July  1911

Some two years ago Mr WH Judkins underwent a severe surgical operation.  His friends will be sorry to learn that the trouble has recurred.  A consultation of his medical advisers took place last week, with the result that Mr Judkins’s condition was pronounced to be serious.  He will, therefore be compelled to cancel all platform and pulpit fixtures in order to afford him every possible chance of recuperating.  His friends are requested to accept this intimation as a cancellation of all engagements.

15th  July  1911

The friends of Mr WH Judkins will be grieved to learn that there is no improvement in his condition, but that the state of his health continues to be critical and alarming.  It is proposed to raise a fund that will show appreciation of the service he has rendered to moral and social reform. The Rev. AR Edgar, of Wesley Church, and Mr John Vale, of Equitable buildings, are acting as treasurers of the movement.

20th  December  1911

The many friends of Mr WH Judkins will be glad to know that he has rallied considerably. He is restricted to the use of crutches on account of local weakness and there is no sign of permanent recovery from the malady which he is suffering, but he is able to move about again with less difficulty.    



“It seems so strange to have dropped suddenly  out of the hottest part of the battle , into a quiet that is disturbing because of its clamorous insistence.”  So recently, wrote Mr William Henry Judkins, whose death occurred at his residence, Camberwell, a little after noon yesterday. Mr Judkins was always a fighting force, and social reform in this country and  Methodism throughout Australia sustain  a heavy loss by reason of his passing.
The death of Mr Judkins, which closed a long battle against disease, had been anticipated during the last few days. The deceased gentleman was conscious and mentally alert to the very last, and the end came with affecting peacefulness.
Originally choosing the career of State School teacher at his native town of Creswick, Victoria, Mr Judkins later felt drawn towards the work of the Methodist  Ministry. He entered with zest upon the local preacher’s work, and afterwards passed through the students stages to a probationer’s station in New Zealand.  In that country his strong  personality and force of character were eagerly recognised to a remarkable degree by his temperance reform work.  It was in New Zealand that his health first showed signs of serious break-down. While  yet a young man he had to “go-slow”, and with much mental distress he recognised at last that for him the life work of the ministry was an impossibility. He had to abandon the idea of ordination to the Methodist Church.
His force as a writer had won him some prominence in both New Zealand and Australia at this time, and on his return to Melbourne he became associated  with the Australasian edition of the “Review of Reviews” first as an advertising agent, and later as editor. With temporarily improved health he threw himself actively into social reform work in Melbourne, and his dominant character very quickly made him a force to be reckoned with. His crusades against the gambling evil , particularly in association with Rev AR Edgar, Rev Henry Worrall and other will be vividly remembered. This anti-gambling movement did much towards the passing of the Gambling Lotteries and Betting Bill of 1906.
Mr Judkins in his private life, was a man of charming personality. Quiet, genial, a winning friend, it was difficult to recognise in him at his home the fiercely eloquent fighter of the public platform.  Thousands will miss him for his exemplary kindness of heart and wise counsel, and the quiet, unobtrusive force of his character has done much during his latter days to build up the reform work, which was largely inaugurated amongst the religious community of Melbourne. It is significant also that when he lay on his death bed, the public testimonial to him was subscribed largely by his bitter opponents.

Mr Judkins married a New Zealand lady and hid widow and one daughter survive him. The deceased gentleman had completed his 43rd year.
A short service will be held at Wesley Church, this afternoon at half past 2pm, when the funeral will proceed to the Boroondara Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Wesley Church next Sunday afternoon.

From:  THE ARGUS  Wednesday  September 4th 1912


JUDKINS  -  On the 3rd September 1912, at his residence, Campbell-Road, Upper Hawthorn, William Henry Judkins, aged 43 years.


JUDKINS - Members of the independent Order of Rechabites are invited to attend the Funeral of our late Bro. WH JUDKINS PDCR at Wesley Church, Lonsdale-street on Wednesday (This day) at 2.30 and to follow his remains to the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew.  Regalia, with mourning badge.
                                                                                   John Vale  DS

JUDKINS  -  The friends of the late Mr William Henry Judkins are respectfully notified that his remains will be interred in the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew.
A service will be held in Wesley Church, Lonsdale-street, THIS DAY (Wednesday September 4 1912) commencing at 2.30pm after which the cortege will proceed to the place of interment, arriving at cemetery gates about 4pm.
                                       LE PINE & SONS, Funeral Directors

JUDKINS -  Gentleman attending the Funeral of the late WH Judkins in private carriages are requested to fall into line on the north side of Lonsdale-street, west of conference-hall. Public conveyances on the south side of Lonsdale-street.
                                      LE PINE &  SON, Funeral Directors

From:  THE ARGUS  Wednesday September 4th 1912

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