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NEW MEMBERS.

THREE IN AUCKLAND. BE FORM REGAINS RAGLAN i BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES. '

t-our changes were recorded in the Aland district, the new members Messrs F. W. Schramm (AuckbCl"gv aB t), J. A. Lee (Grey.Lynn), A. rSr<lL(Roskill), and D. S. Reid the most notable victories was that of the Hon. A. D. McLcod, who has recaptured Wairarapa. Th r e following are thumbnail sketches. o{ the new members:— . $-r MR. A. S. RICHARDS. ni.'i S Richards (Labour, Roskill), - * Vmrirshman, born in 1877. He > aD: ?NeT Zealand in 1894, and 'Seiin'the backblocks of Poverty In 1905 he started in business as Ld a*ent at Gisborne, and joining \ rlbour "party in 1908, he became the S of the Trades and Labour rtTthe following year. Mr. Richards rtd many positions in the Labour Kit cSorne, and Has contested ESI municipal elections. Ri 1922 he 25 to Auckland and has been here Aince At the 1922 general elections e Woefully contested a Hamilton of Labour, and in 5 S f, Sas in the fight for Marsden. In ■ polfod over 3000 votes.

F. W. SCHRAMM. W : Frederick William Schramm II&; Auckland East) comes from the ir fToast of the South Island. He was Ir e Ji?HOk», attended the Hokitika S School and finished his education * wTfbury University College. For tnyfeSe was an official of the Se Department, and was deputy Itrar and deputy-sheriff of the SSStrt -at Auckland. AW Syea« ago Mr. Schramm resigned to start a private practice in Auckland as a lawyer, and has conducted Ms own business ever since. He Semher of the Labour Represenjaon Committee, and is on the executive ?the local Labour party. He is president of the Auckland branch of tne West Coasters' Association and is a pa -president of the New Zealanders' Association. In his younger days Mr. Schramm Vas prominent in athletics, Lby, cricket and hockey. He represented Canterbury College for two years in the New Zealand University championships.' > , .__

MR. J. A. LEE. Mr. Join A. Lee, .Labour, Grey tynn, l gafc .;in Parliament as Labour representative for Auckland ' East from 1922 to 1928. Kβ"contested the seat at the byelection in 1921, when Mr. Mackenzie (R) was returned. At the 1922 general election- Itn Lee unseated Mr. Mackenzie by 700 odd votes, and retained the seat in 1925" At the 1928 general election he «a« defeated by the Hon. J. B. Donald (U) by : s2fotes. Mr. Lee was born in OtagVin 1891. After leaving school he JiadTa varied,career, working mostly, on f "Jand Southland lii 1909 ;he ;cMe to?the North Island end, -was .ierapWyed in the' Public Works Department:* Mr. Leei went to the war and was awarded the D.C.M. for" conspicuous gallantry "at the,battle of Messines. He-had his left: forearm shot off at. Mailly MailM in" 1918. Mr. r ,Lee, is. president of the Auckland Labour party and a member of the executive of the Auckland Returned Soldiers' Association. Notwithstanding his war record, Mr. Leeinclines to distinctly anti-militaristic and in the 1927-1928 sessions of Parliament he unsuccessfully sought to have.the Compulsory; Military Service Act' re- ■. \, ; •■• - . ■ •

; :| MR. A.STIJART. '■ '.Mr. X Stuart (Coalition Reform), who defeated Mr. J. T. Hogan in the Rangitikei: electorate, was born in Scotland l:. in 1876. He came to New Zealand when he tob 19 years old. When he first I came ;tb,the 'Dominion he served as & ,';.'. farm kbourer end was-also engaged in rdad contracting in the Kangitikei and Wanganui counties for about five year 3. He then took/up farming again, and boughViis present holding at Marton. I For ; yaira Mr. Stuart hae been active In . . localiiody'politics. He served foir a ... number of years' as a member both of '}:. the Baiigitikei County Council and the Wellington Land Board. He--has been • : 'preeidenfc of the, Marton A. and P. Association, chairman of the Marton '■'".. branch of the Farmers' Union, chairman . . of tEe Advisory Board set up by_ the ' Government to inquire into the position of soldier settlements, and a director'of the New Zealand-Farmers' Co-operative : Distributing Co., Ltd.

, THE HON. A. D. McLEOD. ;. \; Wairarapa has returned -to its allegi- : ance to the Hon. A. D. McLeod, who was Minister of Lands under the Reform i Government. He was born in the Wai- • rara'pa in 1872 and has lived there ,all 'Wβ" lilfe, farming, ae his people did ■ before him: Local body politics always ' had an attraction for him, and he hae served on many bodies. He was one of tie sheepmen consulted by the Govern-ment-before the setting up of the Meat Board, whicih has had such a marked influence, on the Dominion frozen meat «ade. - He entered Parliament in 1919, and in 1924 took over the portfolio of '.I lands from Mr. Guthrie, who resigned : °?rag.to ill-health. Two years later he assumed the additional portfolio of In.■wstries and' Commerce. He was eubJected to considerable criticism,' some of iHro m Reform supporters, on account « his land policy, and in 1929 he was beaten, by Mr. T. W. McDonald.

MR. JAMES HARGEST,

> The new member for Invercargill, Mr. James Hargeet, was born at Gore in jeßl, and wag educated at State schools. Until 1914, when he left the Dominion with the Main Body of the New Zealand wpeditionary Force as a second lieutenant in the Southland Mounted Rifles, Mr. •largest was. engaged in farming. After -serving on G a ni po ii ] ie came back to : Zealand with serious wounds,, but "ilOlGlie again went overseas, and saw considerable service in France. He was , WlCe . mentioned in dispatches, and was with the D.5.0., M.C., and the * r «ch Legion of Honour. Eventually nf r tgest was promoted to the rank , lieutenant-colonel wae- placed in «ffitoand of the Otago Infantry Battaiion. When the war was over, Mr. Harp«^settled.at Mandeville, and in 1920 »«nigiht the. Rakahouka (Southland) Property of Mr. James Milne, and he has ~*">ce been sheep-farming there. Mr. HarW&M .teen a prominent member of the jwthlaiid Land Board, Southland. Land '.urcliase Board, and the Assessment He is an honorary aide-de-camp to "'? Excellency the Governor-General. In W 1925 ; general election, he stood "jpinet the-latc sir Joseph Ward, and at m- by-election last year he was nar-' defeated by 2«ir. Vincent Ward. .

MR. J. CONNOLLY.

The new. representative - for MidCanterbury, Mr. J. Connolly (Independent), was born at Geraldine, South Canterbury, and was educated at the Hilton School. After being in charge of his father's farm in the-Hilton district for eight years, he started farming, on his own account'. He gradually increased hia holding and purchased the well-known Raukapuka Estate, near Geraldine,- in 1902. After disposing of that property in 1919, he acquired the Langley Estate at Rakaia, where he still resides. Mr. Connolly was a member of the National Efficiency Board during the war, the WaiRelief Association and the PatrioticAssociation. He contested the Elleemere seat in 1925 and "Mid-Canterbury in 1928, being unsuccessful on both occasions.

MR. x>. STEWART REID. The winneV of Raglan, Mr. D. Stewart Reid (Reform) is not a stranger to Parliament.. He represented Waikato from 1925 to 1928, and™ at the last election he was beaten by Mr. F. Lye, the United candidate. Born at Drury in 1867, Mr. Reid went to Tuhikaramea, Waipa, when a child, and has resided in the-district ever,since. When the Reide went to the district it was in a very primitive state; to-day it is a prosperous centre for cattle and dairy farming, and the Reids bore their full ehare in the strenuous work of settlement. The new member for Raglan has always taken a keen interest in public affairs; in fact, few men have served the community more faithfully. For 30 years he has been prominent in local body government. Among the offices he has filled may be mentioned chairman of , the Waipa County Council, chairman of the TuhiVaramea Road Board, chairman of the school committee, member of the Central Electric Power Board,, and member of the No. 2 District Highways Board. MR. D. W. COLEMAN.

To the number of prominent Labourites who came from Australia to New Zealand must be added the name of Mr. D. W. : Coleinan, who captured the Gisborne seat from Mr. Lysnar. It is nearly 30 years since he arrived in New Zealand from Queensland, and for 27 years he has been living in Gisborne. He has always been prominent" in Labour circles and has represented Gisborne on the national executive ever since the Labour party was established. In addition to his work for the party he has taken an interest in local body affairs, particularly as a member of the Gisborne Borough Council. At one election of councillors he topped the poll. This is the third time he has tripd to enter, the House of Representatives. He stood in 1925 and again at the last election and on both occasions he was Deaten by Mr. Lysnar.

';':, MR. PETER McSKIMMING. 1 The new member for; Clutlia, Mr. Peter McSkimining (Independent United) is as Scottish as his name. He was born in Ayrshire, and came out to New Zealand with his'parents in 1878. •Aβ a lad he served some time at a brick and pipe works, Benhar, and later ; he and his 'ather took over the pipe works. ' and formed the-firm of McSKiniming and Son, Ltd. The firm, is one of/the best known in the .district', and , uiider the vigorous management of Mr. McSkimming, it has kept J very. -. much up to date .and expanded.; -He "has a knowledge of ifarmis interested in a number of commercial concerns; v • MR. F.JONES. Mr.F. Jones (Labour), who defeated the Hon. W. B. Taverner, former Minister of Public "Works, in Dunedin South, was born in Dunedin. For the past 21 years, he has been employed by Messrs. Sargood, Son and Ewen,- Ltd! He has been a member of the Bootmakere' Union for over 20 ; years and during that time has. held nearly every official position in the organisation. Since 1912 he has been a member of the Otago Labour Council, and he has been a member of the Otago Laßour [Representation Committee since its inception 15 years ago. He is now president of both bodies. During the last six years he has served on the national executive of the Labour party. In 1929 he unsuccessfully contested-the Mayoralty of Dunedin. He has always'taken a keen interest in the Workers' Educational Association.

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NEW MEMBERS., Auckland Star, Volume LXII, Issue 286, 3 December 1931

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