News reached London on Monday that the Right Hon. Sir Charles Patrick Coghlan, K.C.M.G., Premier of Southern Rhodesia, died on Sunday night, aged sixtyfour. In the morning he was in his usual health and attended Mass; but about noon he was taken ill and soon afterwards became unconscious, and he passed away peacefully, in the presence of his wife and daughter, from cerebral hxmorrhage.
The late Premier was born and reared in the country where he was destined to play an important part in constitutional development and political administration. King Williamstown was his native city, and St. Aidan's College, Grahamstown, gave him his early education; thence he went, as a bursary scholar, to the South African College at Cape Town. He afterwards chose the Law as a profession and became a solicitor. In March, 1908, after he had become prominent in the agitation against the rule of the Chartered Company in Rhodesia, he was elected to the Legislative Council, and a few months later was chosen as representative at the National Convention. Here, and subsequently at various stages of the progress towards the constitution which came into effect in 1923, he displayed tactful qualities and a-marked capacity for leadership; and on the formal annexation of Southern Rhodesia as a British Colony he became its first Premier and so remained until his death. The honour of knighthood had come to him in 1910, and in 1925 he was made K.C.M.G. Popular with all classes, a ready speaker and a devoted Rhodesian patriot, Sir Charles Coghlan will be greatly missed in the land which he served so well. A solemn requiem was celebrated for him at noon yesterday in Westminster Cathedral.—R.I.P.