MR. T. D. BURNETT, M.P.
(PA.) TIMARU, Sunday. The death has occurred of Mr. Thomas David Burnett, M.P. for Temuka, aged 64. Born at Cave and educated at the Timaru Boys' High School, he went to work on the station of his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Burnett, who came from Scotland to Canterbury in 1861, and proceeded to the Mackenzie Country. In 1864 they took up the Mount Cook run, which Mr. Burnett inherited on the death of his father. Mr. Burnett entered politics in 1919, when he won the Temuka seat, which he had held ever since. The Burnett family had never forgotten the debt they owe to the hardy pioneers, and their gift of St. David's Pioneer Memorial Church at Cave was a typical expression of their regard.
The hard life facing women on farms induced Mr. Burnett to establish the Strathcona hostel, where young women were trained in homecraft with a view to assisting on farms. Mr. Burnett provided a large area of land, and made himself largely responsible for the financial upkeep of the institution. Mr. Burnett is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter.
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MR. T. D. BURNETT, M.P., Auckland Star, Volume LXXII, Issue 284, 1 December 1941
MR. T. D. BURNETT, M.P. Auckland Star, Volume LXXII, Issue 284, 1 December 1941
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