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OBITUARY.

HON.. W MONTGOMERY

The Hon. William Montgomery died at Little River on Monday at the age of 94 Deceased has been intimately connected with tbe Peninsula, representing the Akaroa constituency in Parliament from 1874 to 1888. He was a rain that took the keenest in terest in ali that was going on. Un fortunately, he bad a bad trap acci dent in Little River about eight years ago, when be had bis thigh badly smashed. This accident rendered him unable to leave his house, and he has been confined to bis residence almost entirely ever since. Mr Montgomery, was one of tbe best known and best likfd men on tbe Peninsula thirty Tears ago, and he did much for the district he represented. He bad a bright, kindiy manner, and earned the regard of all with whom be came into contact. Though he has led a retired life for tbe last twenty years, there are many Peninsula residents who will hoid him in kindly remembrance.

f The late Mr Montgomery was a member of an old English family which emigrated to tbe North of Ireland about 1620. He was born in London in 1821, and was educated at the Belfast Royal Academical Institution, the great public school of the North of Ireland, of which his uncle, the Rev. Dr, H. Montgomery, was then the English master. On leaving school he chose a seafaring life, and threw himself into his new duties with such zest that before he was nineteen years of age he was in command of a vessel trading to the Mediterranean. Mr Montgomery spent thirteen years at sea, but at the age of thirty decided to seek his fortune in Australia, being influenced in coming to his decision by reading Dr. Lang's book, "Australia Felix."

In 1861 he left his native country, and. arriving in Canterbury, settled down. For many years he was engaged in mercantile business as a timber merchant, having branches of bis business in several parts of the province. Shortly after his arrival he entered public life, tbe first position to which he wag elected being a seat on the newly-formed Heathcote Road Board, to which be was returned in 1864, and was elected chairman. A year later he was successful in his initial attempt to enter tbß Canterbury Provincial Council, being returned for the Heathcote seat, which he continued to represent till 1870. In the Council he soon rose to prominence, becoming Provincial Treasurer in 1868 under tbe late Hon. William Kolleston's superintendency, and re tainiug the position till 1870, when he retired for a time from politics in order to devote all his energies to busi-' ness, In 1872 he again offered himself for election to the Council, and was elected without opposition, be coming President of the Provincial Executive (. ouncil, which position he I held for about eighteen months. It,was not long before Mr Montgomery offered himself for a seat in the House of Representatives, to which he was elected in 1874 as member for Akaroa, which he represented continuously for. nearly fourteen years. In 1877 he declined the Colonial Treasurerehip in the Liberal Government, because he disagreed with Sir George Grey's manipulation of the Canterbury Land Fund as colonial

Wh-ii the late Sir Harry Atkinson bum P»naQ Minister a snort\time laier, Mr Montgomery became j Leader of tbe Opposition. On the formation of thq fir.4 S'out Vogel Government in 1884, hV becime Colonial Secretary ' and Minister of Education, but the Government was short lijyed. In the second Stout Vogel (Government, formed a few days later, pc waß offered a portfolio, but deolinep to accept office. He gave a .whole hearted support to' the Liberal Government, which continned iv office during] tbe three folio ving years, but atlthe general election which took place i» the spring of 1887, be retired from tlbs Lower House, and from tbat time b)e ceased to take a prominent part injpublic affairs, He was called to the] Legislative Council in 1892, and wajs re appointed at the expiration of bis mtsi term For some time he was anloonorary member of Mr Bed dona {Government, but ultimately fai'ing ibealth compelled him to retire from poflitics. and for many years he had beet an invalid. Mr Monfcgomerd was always a warm suppo.-tpr of manhood suffrage, trien nial Parliaments and representation on apopulaltion basis, and voted consiatantly td} have his opinions converted in to legislative enaotments. Except during hlia later years, he also took a very gr&a£ interest in tbe local institutions tot the province. As long ago as 1867 h\ was chairman of tbe Can terbury Cbalmber of Commerce. He sat as a taelcnber ,of the Canterbury Education Bfflard in 1866; a year after joining he was elected chairman, and be continued tto bold a seat till the Board ceased 1® exist in 1875. Two years later he was elected to a seat on the Board of Education, which was brought into existence by the Aci of 1877. and continfued a member of that body for many y<Ws. In 1878 he wan appointed a*Governor of Canterbury College by tbe {provincial Council; three years later/he became chairman, and continued tol bold that position till 1885. Mr Montgomery leaves two sons, * Mr ■ H. \ Montgomery of Little River, w£o for some six joavs occupied a ( iseat in the' House of Representatives as a member for Ellesmere, and Mr John Montgomery, who is in business in\Christchurch

The funeral took place yesterday, leaving the Christchurch railway station for the Barbadoes street Ceme tery. ____

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OBITUARY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3464, 24 December 1914

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OBITUARY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3464, 24 December 1914

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