THE LATE MR JUDKINS
Upwards of 2,000 people pressed into Wesley
afternoon to take part in the memorial service to the late Mr WH
Judkins. In the
evening the church was again thronged, when the Rev. AR Edgar paid a
tribute to the
Christian work of the late gentleman.
The afternoon’s service was more particularly held to commemorate Mr Judkins’s work as a social reformer. The Rev. AR Edgar presided, and the Rev. GH Cole opened the service with a prayer. The speakers were the Revs. Henry Worrall, JC Martin, R Ditterich and Mr John Vale, representing the Victorian Alliance.
Mr Henry Worrall, who was closely associated with Mr Judkins in his social reform work during recent years, paid a high tribute to the late gentleman’s zeal and singleness of purpose. Mr Judkins had never sought notoriety, but worked might and main for the Commonwealth. Australia had known no greater nor worthier patriot than he was. He was a champion of the home and hearthstone, and ever sought the ennoblement of women. These causes spurred him on ever in his zeal against the evils of gambling and liquor. On the very day when, to use his own words, the doctors gave him his death-warrant and told him he must die, he faced his destiny nobly, and, with the aid of crutch, attended an important social reform deputation. He had now received his Master’s “well Done!”
Mr John Vale eulogised Mr Judkins’s magnificent liquor reform work in New Zealand and referred to his notable campaign against a certain gaming institution which once flourished in Melbourne. At the time when Mr Judkins took up secretaryship of the New Zealand Alliance he was offered commercial positions with more tempting salaries than the Alliance could give. Mr Judkins, however, chose the path of service, not salary, and New Zealand and Australia were the richer and better for his life.
The Rev. JC Martin, Mr Judkins’s successor in the work of the Social Bureau, said that the late Mr Judkins had done much to remove secularism from Australian politics. Mr Judkins had taught that there was very little use in shortening the worker’s hours of labour and raising his wages if the social parasites were permitted and encouraged to grow upon him. Mr Judkins had laid aside well-worn tools of earthly service in full expectancy of entering higher duties Otherwhere.
The Rev. R Ditterich said that Mr Judkins’s work was not yet finished. It was given to those present to carry it on.
From THE ARGUS 9th September 1912 Page 15