[Editor: This obituary of J. C. H. Ogier was published in Truth (Sydney, NSW), 9 November 1913.]
Mr. J. C. H. Ogier.
Death has removed Mr. John Creuze Hingston Ogier, an ancient Victorian barrister and a very old-time “wire-puller,” at the age of 92 years.
He was born at Woodbridge House, near Stoke, Surrey, England, and was educated at Eton and Cambridge. His father was a barrister of Lincoln’s Inn, and his grandfather, Pierre Ogier, emigrated to America and settled on the Ashley River, near Charleston, before the second American War.
The recently dead lawyer came to Victoria in 1853, and went into mining at Ballarat. He then came to Melbourne, and commenced the practice of his profession. In 1874 he was appointed police magistrate at Wood’s Point, and was afterwards at St. Arnaud.
He was the first free selector in the Ovens district, and first selector of a residence area on a mining claim, which was contested by the Corporation of Ballarat, who wished the land for a Mechanics’ Institute. Notwithstanding considerable “wire-pulling,” Ogier was ousted and the Institute built.
He was interested in the applications made to mine under the Government Reserves at Ballarat, and impudently claimed that he was entitled to the Cricket Reserve, his interest in which, had he obtained it, would have been worth £60,000.
Truth (Sydney, NSW), 9 November 1913, p. 11
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