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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (13 October) . . Page.. 3108 ..

Bishop Aloysius Morgan

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (5.20): I would like very briefly to acknowledge the 90th birthday of a great Australian, Bishop Aloysius Morgan, which occurred on the weekend. I was privileged to attend Bishop Morgan's birthday party. Bishop Morgan has been a very firm friend of my wife's family for the last 30 years or so. I think Bishop Morgan is truly a great Canberran. He is still incredibly active at the age of 90. He has done wonderful things in his life.

It is always a pleasure to meet with and talk with Bishop Morgan. His memory is as clear as a bell. He regaled us at his party with stories of his childhood. He was born in Essendon in 1909 and remains a firm fan of that particular football club. He has an incredible memory and an incredibly recollection of the detail of incidents that occurred throughout his life. It is wonderful to listen to Bishop Morgan speak on some of his first memories. That he remembers troops coming home from the First World War is truly remarkable. Bishop Morgan was confirmed by Archbishop Mannix, one of the great figures in Australian history and in the church in Australia. He is a mine of most wonderful information in relation to his life.

Bishop Morgan has, of course, devoted his life to caring for people; something that he has done nobly and incredibly well. He is one of the most humble, honest and engaging human beings I have ever met. So I simply rise to acknowledge Bishop Morgan, a great Canberran, and to congratulate him on his 90th birthday.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 5.22 pm

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