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OBITUARY.

i l SIXTY YEARS' COLONIST. * MR. JOHN G. GIFFORD. A c The death of Mr. John Gifford, at * Burnley Terrace, Edendale, aged c 34 years, removes another old resi- F lent of New Zealand. He was v born in London, and went to Aus- t tralia with his parents when a boy I twelve years of age. While still h young he was in a number of the gold a

1 rushes in Victoria. He came across anc ; settled in Otago over sixty years agt > where he was farming and contracting -. Later Mr. Gifford came to Auckland, am i for twenty years lived at Avondale i where he was a lay reader in the Angli > can Church. The interment took plac >at the Anglican Cemetery, Avondale . yesterday afternoon. Deceased is sur vived by a son and daughter. ' WELL-KNOWN KAIPARA RESIDENT MR. JOHN STALLWORTHY. His many friends will learn with re ' gret of the death on Saturday of Mr John Stallworthy, at the age of 6£ years. Mr. .Stallworthy was for manj years a local preacher for the Methodist Church, and also a prominent worker ir temperance organisations. He was borri in the Saraoan Islands in 1554, and was educated at Blackheath Schdol, London. He came to Xecw Zealand in the ship City of Auckland in 1572, and got work at a sawmill at Whangar oa. He joined the service of the Auckland Education Board in 187S and t\vo years later was appointed to the school at Aratapu. -our years later, Mr. Stallworthy started the "Aratapu Gazette" and also purchased the "Te Kopuru Bell," nowcalled the "Wairoa Bell." In 1890, Mr. Stallworthy retired from the service ot the Education Board and entered entirely into the newspaper business. He was for a number of years postmaster at Aratapu. He took a keen interest in public affairs, and formed the first branch of the Knights of Labour in the North, while he was the first chairman of the Northern Wairoa Hospital BoardHe was president of the Timber Workers' Union and represented that body at the first sitting of the Conciliation Council. Mr. Stallworthy contested the Kaipara seat in the House of Representatives in 1902, but was defeated by Mr. A. E. Harding. At the next election, he won the seat, defeating Mr. Harding by nine votes. He was again elected in 1006 by. a substantial majority, but in 1911 lost the seat on a second ballot to Mr. J. G. Coatcs, the present Minister of Railways. In 1903 Mr. Stallworthy was a member of the Education Board. Mr. Stallworthy's sight failed shortly after tlie close of his Paliamentary career, but this did not prevent his taking great interest in local affairs, and at the time of his death, he was chairman of the Kaipara Hospital Board, also of the branch of the Farmers' Union for that district. MRS. ROKA HOPERE. A familiar figure in the Native Lands Court, Mrs. Roka Hariata Hopere, died on November 10, aged 65 years. Mrs. Hopere is the widow of the late Rev.

Pcta Tarawhiti. .She was a chieftainess of the Ngatiwhaujwhaki tribe of Waikato Maoris. Deceased .was educated at the school started in Parnell by Lady Martin, wife of the late Sir William Martin, Chief Justice. In the Native Lands Court Mrs. Hopere conducted her cases with great ability. She is survived by one km and two j daughters, also 12 grandchildren. The '■ interment will take place on the historic burial place of the Waikato chiefs, the summit of Taupiri Mountain. | Mr. T. Hopere is a son of deceased, and her daughters arc, Mrs. K. Xewton ' of Onehunga, and Mrs. VtTiarepouri, of Pungar.hu. MR. EMIL BAUMAN. (By Telegraph.—Special to "Star."*) WHANGAREI, this day. The .death occurred somewhat suddenly yesterdaj' evening of Mr. Emil Bauman, aged 66, the well-known tailor, d_ Cameron Street, Whangarei. • He bad attended business as usual on Sat--rday. After going for a walk on Sun- • lay evening he complained of being tnwell, and a doctor was summoned, jut Mr. Bauman expired shortly after, ; ' rom heart failure. He was well known | n North Auckland, having been resident j lere for the past twenty years. Before ! loming to Whangarei he had been in msihess at Helensville, and also at -ikurangi. He was keenly interested '. n Friendly Society work, and was a nember of the local Druidic and Odd- ] ellows' lodges. (

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OBITUARY., Auckland Star, Volume LIV, Issue 270, 12 November 1923

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OBITUARY. Auckland Star, Volume LIV, Issue 270, 12 November 1923

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