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The New Parliament.

BIOGRAPHIES OF SOME OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES.

MR JACKSON PALMER.

Mr Jackson Palmer, who contested Waitemata, is the son of Mr Henry Palmer, J.P. Mr Jackson Palmer was born ab Sbanley Place, Belfast, Ireland, and he is now 27 years of age. He was only 3 years of age when ho landed in the colony. He was one of Mr Worthington's pupils who kept up the fame of City Easb School for taking scholarships. His scholarships entitled him to free tuition all the time he attended the Auckland Grammar School, beside the annual allowance of £40 a year. After leaving school he was articled to the late Hon. John Sheehan, and was called to the bar at the age of 21, and has practised ever since in this city as a barrister and solicitor. He has been an enthusiastic volunteer during the past, having held several commissions, and ab the present time is the lieutenant in the Engineers, and was in the cavalry when tho. troops were called out over the Parihaka trouble.

MANUKAU.

Mr W. F. Buckland is a nephew of Mr Alfred Buckland, of the Haymarket, and is 43 years of age. He was educated at the Auckland College and Grammar School, and at Sb. John's College. When a youth he was employed in the Bank of New Zealand. He soon lefb and was articled to the Engineer-in-Chief under the Provincial Council. He was a manager 'of various batteries ab the Thames when thab field was very lively. He afterwards had a farm and sawmill on the Waikato, near Pukekoho, in partnership with a Mr Shepherd. Since then he passed as barrister and solicitor, and for some years has resided ab Remuera. After two defeats he was in 1884 returned for Franklin ; but in 1887 Mr F. Lawry ousted him. Mr Buckland was a prominent cricketer.

BAY OF ISLANDS

Mr Robert M. Houston is a native of Knockbracken, near Belfast, County Down, Ireland, being a eon of the late Rev. Dr. Houston, who was an eminent clergyman of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the North of Ireland. He came to the colony some time in tho sixties; he was for some time located ab Otara near Otahuhu, as a school teacher, afterwards ab Whangarei, and subsequently settled at Mangonui as a merckanb and storekeeper, where he still resides.

W. S. ALLEN.

The new member for Te Aroha, who has had the honour of being elected in his absence, is no stranger in the political arena, having for a period of twenty-one years represented the district of Newcastle-under-Lyne in the British House of Commons, as a member of the advanced Liberal party and a follower of Mr Gladstone. He is a wealthy man, and, as he stated in an address delivered ab Te Aroha a short time ago, he has come to New Zealand to give bis sons the benefit of colonial life and colonial advantages. Ho is the proprietor of a large landed estate ab Piako, near Te Aroha, where he met the electors prior to his departure for England a few months ago. takes a great interest in both the mining and agricultural industries, is an ardent advocate of temperance, and believes in local option without compensation.

ROBERT THOMPSON.

Mr R. Thompson, member for Marsden, is a native of Belfast. He came out to thie colony in 1872, and settled down at Whangarei, where he has Bince carried on business as an estate agent and auctioneer. He has been Chairman of the Whangarei County Council, and has taken an active interest in both local and colonial affairs for several, years past. Ab the last general elect;oii he was elected to the House of Representatives by the Marsden electors, beating Mr J. M. Dargaville by 317 votes.

HON. JOHN BRYCE,

The Hon. John Bryce, who has been returned unopposed as member for Waikato, is a veteran politician, and is mentioned as mosb likely to be included in any reconstruction of the Ministry. His parents arrived at Wellington in 1840, when Mr Bryce was a child, and, after spending some years there, they removed to Wanganui and engaged in farming and stock-raising. In 1869, when Titokowaru made his raid on the West Coast, Mr Bryce organised the "Kai Iwi" Cavalry troop for the defence of the settlers in the Wanganui district, and in that campaign he obtained a great deal of experience in native matters, which has since proved of service alike to himself and bo the colony. Mr Bryce, previous to his defeat by Mr Hutchison ab the last general election, had represented Wanganui in the House of Representatives for a period of twenty years, and he was not long out of political harness, having been elected unopposed for Waikato when thab seat was rendered vacanb by tho death of Major Jackson at the beginning of lasb session.

A. W. HOGG.

Mr Hogg, who has replaced Mr Beetham as the representative of Masterton, ib a native oMJlasgow, where he was born in 1845. He received a plain education, and when 13 years of age, emigrated with his family to Victoria. In the Avoca district he was afterwards engaged in mining, pastoral and agricultural pursuits, but subsequently adopted journalism as his profession, and conducted several goldfleld journals. He arrived in Dunedin in 1878, and found employment on the "Liberty staff and the " Otago Guardian," and afterwards conducted the " Evening News "Age" in that city. Proceeding afterwards to Ashburton, he took the literary management of the "Ashburton Mail," and after a successful sojourn there transferred his attention to the • '• South Canterbury Times," which was seriously menaced by a rival newspaper. The latter having been extinguished, Mr Hogg proceeded to Masterton, where he has for the lasb ten years been editor and part proprietor of the "Wairarapa Star," Che "Weekly Star," and "Eketahuna and Pahiatua Mail." His political sympathies have always been With the Liberal or Radical caus9, and invariably with the labourer as opposed .to aggression on the parb of capital and monopoly. Hogg is a forcible writer and speaker and strong protectionist.

F. ARKWRIGHT,

Mr Francis Arkwright was born in 1846. He ia eon of the Rev. G. Arkwright, of Sutton, Scarsdell, Derbyshire, his mother being daughter of Sir H. Fitzherbert, Barb. Mr Arkwrlghb was educated ab Eton. He has been twice married—firsb to Miss L. Millbank, second bo Hon, Evelyn Addington, daughter of Viscounb Sidmouth. Mr Arkwright represented East. Derbyshire in the House of Commons from 1874 to 1880. He came out bo New Zealand in 1880, and has been settled in Rangibikei since January, 1883. Albhough a Conservative in Eng-

land, he professes Radical viewa here, especially upon the land question.

DUNEDIN CITY

David Pinkerton was born at the village of Birknewton and parish of the same name, nine miles west of Edinburgh city, County of Midlothian, Scotland, on September 26th, 1836. He received his primary education ab the parish school. The headmaster ab that time was a respected fallow-townsman of Dunedin, Dr. Hialop, and afterwards of several private schools. He subsequently learned the trade of bootmaking, an occupation which he has followed to the present day with the exception of a short period during the goldfields rush in Otago early in the sixties. He has been a resident of the city for 30 years. He has never held any public office, bub for many years pasb he has taken an active part in Friendly Societies and labour organisations. Ab presenb he holds tho office of president of the Trades and Labour Council of Otago.

BRUCE,

James W. Thomson is a Scotchman and about sixty years of age. He is well educated, being an M.A. of Edinburgh University. He came to Otago in 1859, intending to go into pastoral or farming pursuits. Shortly after his arrival he bought land in tho Clutha district, and has resided there almost continuously ever since. In 1854 the Clutha people sent him as one of their representatives to the Provincial Council.and he continued a member of tho Council almost to the abolition of the provincial system. For several years he was Chairman of the Public Petitions Committee of the Council and performed the duties very efficiently. He was also Chairman of Committee for several sessions. Towards the close of 1870 he was returned as member for Clutha in the House of Representatives, beating Mr Macandrew, the previous member, by a large majority. From 1871 till 1837, he sat continuously in Parliament as" member for Clutha. ' During tho abolition controversy in Parliament Mr Thomson was an active member of the party known as the Provincial, and on one occasion of emergency in these stirring ti__es he made one ot the longest speeches ever made in New Zealand or any other Parliament. On his return to Clutha at the close of the session of 1875 be wasbanquetted by his constituents for his efforts inthecauseof provincialism. In 1878, when the loading men throughout Otago met in convention in Dunedin to consider what should bo done in consequence of tho abolition of tho provincial system, Mr Thomson was unanimously elected prosident. In 1879 he joined tho Ministry of Sir Georgo Grey, holding the portfolio of Land. In 1884 he proposed anil carried a motion of no-confi-dence in the first Stout-Vogel Ministry which led to their resignation. Mr Thomson has recently been residing in Bruce.havingan interest in properby there. This led to him contesting the Bruce seat.

TAIERI.

Walter C. F. Cairncross, J.P., was born at Bendigo, Victoria, on 27bh March, 1853, so he closo upon thirty-eight years of age. He might almost be termed a New Zealander, as he arrived in this colony with his parents in 1862. He was a pupil for a short time at one of the early public schools (middle district) under the mastership of Mr Halliwell. His education has been principally acquired by private tuition in his own house, his father being a man of wide reading and one who had travelled largely, and was unusually well informed. MrW. Cairncross was for many years in the employ of Mr H. Wise (now of Wise and Caffin), the well-known booksellers, and from printer's boy be rose to tho position of salesman, and afterwards to that of travollor for the firm. He early showed a taste for literary work, and his first printed effort was a short story contributed to tho "Saturday Advertiser," then edited by Mr Thomas Bracken. For some time he resided in Oamaru, and when there was an occasional contributor to tho North Otago "Times." Ho was atterwards employed on the Waitangi "Tribune," and thence came to Dunedin and established a weekly journal, the "Penny Post." This journal soon secured a good circulation, but as Mr Cairncross bad not his own printing plant the expenses of the production of the paper left very little profit, and he determined to make another change. In 1881 he establieed the v Taieri Advocate"inMosgiel,andtbepaperhasgrown with the district. The plant he started with was an old hand press and a few boxes of second-band type, which he rented from a Dunedin firm for 10s a week. The office is now well supplied with good machinery with steam power. In 1884 he contested the Taieri seat against Mr Fulton and was defeated by 76 votes. He tried again in 1887, and then lost by only seven votes, being again defeated by Mr Fulton. He has occupied a seat in the local Borough Council, and has been a member of the local Licensing Committee since the coming into force of the present Act, and has generally been to the front in local matters. He has been master of the local Oddfellows' and Masons' Lodges, and is ab present captain of the East Taieri Rifles. He is popular among the working classes, and has the reputation of being industrious and unassuming.

WAIRATJ.

Buick, a journeyman baker, is a native of New Zealand, and came to Marlborough from Oamaru. He joined the Gladstone branch of the Irish National League, at Blenheim, and encouraged by them, went on a lecture tour on Home Rule, visiting Wellington and Christchurch. He is very highly spoken of as a speaker,, having a great gift of natural oratory. He is aboub 35 years of age, entirely self-taught, and is a great temperance advocate.

THE NEW HOUSE.

Out of a House of ninety-one European members constituting tho late Parliament, the general election has relegated no less than forty-nine to political oblivion, either by retirement, the reduction in the number of members, or defeat by new candidates. The now Parliament includes twenby-eighb new members out of the seventy Europeans. There are also four Maori members.

The following classified list shews the membership of the new Parliament so far as the polling in the various electorates has been completed |

NORTH ISLAND.

Govt t. ' Oppn. Indpt. Bay of Islands— B. M. Houston .. .. 0 0 1 ____ftsi>insr— R. Thompson ... WAITl-MATA-J. Palmer.. Au-CKXAND ClT V— J. M. Shera T.Thompson W. L. Rees ._ 1 .. 0 .. 0 _ 0 __ 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 Newton— ■ D.Goiaie.E. .. .. 0 0 1 Hon. E. Mitohelson 1 0 0 Pabnell— F. Lawry -. .., .. 0 0 1 ManukauW. F. Buckland ... 0 1 0 Franklin— E. Hamlin .. 1 0 0 THAMES . a A. J. Oadman „. ,. o 1 0 Waikato— Hon. J. Bryce (E) Te Aroha— W.-S. Allen _. 1 -. 0 0 0 0 1 East Coast— . W.Kelly Hawke'sBatCaptain Russell.. m 0 _. 1 1 0 0 0 . Napier— G. Swan .. ... I 0 0 Waipawa— W.O. Smith „ m 0 1 0

Master ton— A, W. Hogg .. „ 0 1 0 Waibarapa— W. 0. Buohanan ._ 1 0 0 New Plymouth— Motoalf Smith _ 0 1 0 Egmont— Sir Harry Atkinson ... 1 0 0 Waitotaka— G.Hutchison _. 0 1 0 Wanganui— Hon. J. Ballance „ 0 1 0 RANGITIKEI— D. H. McArthur ... 1 0 0 Palmerston— J.G.Wilson .. ._ 1 0 0 City of Wellington— J.Duthie 0 0 1 G. Fiaher 0 1 0 Kennedy Macdonald.. 0 10 HUTT— Dr. Newman 1 0 0 SOUTH ISLAND. Govt. Oppn. Indpt. City op Nelson— J. G. Harkness ... 1 0 0 Waimea, Picton— C.H.Mills .... 0 1 0 Wairau— T. L.Buick _. 0 0 1 BULLER— E. J. O'Conor (E) «. 0 e 0 1 Inangahua— Drake _._._. 0 1 0 Grey— W. H. Jones _. 0 1 0 Westland— R.Seddon.. .. 0 1 0 Ashley— R. Meredith .... 1 0 0 KAIAPOi— Moore 1 0 0 Avon— E.Blako 0 0 1 Christchurch City— Perceval .. _. ..0 1 0 W. P. Roevos ... ..0 1 0 R. M. Taylor ..... 0 1 0 Heathcote— W. R. Tanner __. „ 0 1 0 Halswell— W.ltolle.ton __._.! 0 0 Akaroa— J. Joyce _ .. 0 1 0 Ellesmere— Sir John Hall .. 1 0 0 Selwyn— A. Saunders .... 0 0 1 Abhburton— E. G. Wright ... 1 0 0 Geraldine— A. E. G. Rhodes ..1 0 0 Tl.IARU— W. Hall Jones 0 1.0 Waimate— Stovvard ....... 0 1 0 Waitaki— JohnMcKenzle.. „ 0 1 0 Oamaru— T.Duncan .. . 1 0 Mount Ida— Scobio McKenzie ..1 0 0 Port Chalmers— Mills.. ... 1 0 0 Peninsula— Earnshaw ™ „ 0 1 0 Dcjnedin City— Fish .. 0 1 0 Hutchison .. 0 1 0 Pinkerton.. .... 0 1 0 Dusedin Suburbs— Dawson ... ... ..0 1 0 Taieri— Calrncross ..... 0 1 0 Bruce— Thompson «... 1 0 0 Clutha— T. Mackenzie (E) ..1 0 0 TUAPKKA— Valentine .. ..1 0 0 Mataura— Hon. G. F. Richardson 10 0 Wakatipo— Hon. T. Fergus (E) „. 1 0 0 Wallace— J. Mackintosh .. ..0 1 0 AWARUA— J. G. Ward (E).. .. 0 1 0 INVERHAROILL—• J.Kelly 0 1 0 MAORI ELECTORATES. Northern Maori— Now Election necessary. Eastern Maori— J. Carroll (elected) - 1 0 0 South Maori— Pratt (elected) ... „ 0 I 0 Western Maori— Taipua (elected).. ..1 0 0 Total .. ..27 36 10

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The New Parliament., Auckland Star, Volume XXI, Issue 289, 8 December 1890

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