The Zimapanners







Charles A. V. Conybeare


The Dartford Chronicle: 28 February 1919

We regret to record the death, at the age of 65 of Mr C.A.V.Conybeare, which occurred on February 18th at the residence of his sister and brother in law, Brogueswood, Biddenden. Mr Conybeare was a barrister, and resided at Oakfield Park, Dartford until the death of his wife in February 1916. He had formerly been a member of the Liberal Party, for ten years representing Camborne in the House of Commons.

The late Mr. Conybeare played a prominent part in 1887 in Irish politics, and received three months imprisonment for an offence against the Coercion Act. He greatly assisted the poor in Ireland, for which he was justly complimented by the Prime Minister Mr Gladstone. His last public appearance in Dartford was at the opening of the Florence Conybeare Memorial Club on Saturday, June 1st, when after the opening ceremony he spoke of the war work he had been carrying on, and offered thanks to all who had made the memorial to his late wife such a success. His expression of certainty of a future life and the near presence of those who had "crossed the bar" will long be remembered by those present at the gathering.

The Dartford Library contains many gifts from him which will perpetuate his name in the annals of Dartford.

The Daily Chronicle: 28 February 1919

The death of Mr Charles Augustus Vansittart Conybeare in his 66th year, recalls those fine old days when hot gospelling was the matter of party politics. Few could give points to the former Member for Camborne when in the zenith of his power. He declared that he would have succeeded in his contest at Horncastle had it not been for the "unprincipled lying of the Tariff managers" their "pub crawlers", the bribery of Primrose Dames! The "intimidation of employers" and the "boycotting of tradesmen by the gentry". No wonder that so candid a friend should find himself in an Irish prison for three months under the Coercion Act. But there is one redeeming point about such rather aggressive behaviour, and that is that it springs from sterling honesty and unflinching zeal.