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DEATH OF SIR J. DENINTSTON.

"We regret to announce that the Hon. Sir John Denniston died at his residence, Cashmere Hilla, shortly after midpight last night from pneumonia following on an attack of pleurisy. Sir John Denniston was born at Bishopton, on the Clyde, on June 20th, 1845, and was educated first at the Greenock Academy and later at Glasgow University, where he matriculated, intending to enter the legal profession. His father, the late Mr Thos. Denniston, decided, however, to come out to New Zealand with throe of his sonS, including the subject of this notice, then 17 years old. Arriving in Otago in 1862, Mr Denniston, sen., took up a run in Southland, and the future Judge, during the next few years, occupied positions successively in a mercantile office, the Public Service, and the Bank of New South Wales. Eventually he realised his ambition, and became a law student with tho lata Hon. W. Downie Stewart, M.L.C., and was admitted to the Bar in 1874. In the following year, after having practised for a little time in Wanganui, he rojoined Mr Downie Stewart as a partner, another member 'of the firm tho late Mr Allan Holmes. During the next fourteen years Sir John Denniston became a prominent and distinguished member of the Duncdin Bar, at that time the strongest in New Zealand, and one which has probably never been surpassed in the Dominion. On the death of Mr Justico Johnson in Christchurch, in 1889, Sir John Denniston was elevated to tho Supreme Court Bench, of which, at his retirement he was the senior Judge. On February 12th, 1917, it was announced that his Majesty had conferred upon him tho well-deserved honour of knighthood. Sir John Denniston's devotion to his native land was indicated by 'tho interest he always took in the Canterbury Caledonian Society. Ho was also a member of the Canterbury Society of Arts and of the Savage Club.

Tho esteem in which Sir John Denniston was hold by members of the Christchnrch Bar was manifested in the large attendance which gathered at the Supreme Court on Saturday, February 2nd, of last year, to bid farewell to his Honour, who had that day resigned from hie honourable office after 28 years of loyal and active service. In the early part of this year Sir John Denniston gave valuable service to the State as chairman of the Epidemic Commission, and the result of his labours was 6hown in the exhaustive report of the Commission which was published last, month.

When Sir John Denniston sat for the last time as a member of the Court of Appeal, early in December, 1917, tho Chief Justice (Sir Robert Stout) said it was fitting that the Bench should take the opportunity of saying a few words upon tho occasion. His Honour went on to say that he had known Sir John Denniston intimately for a great number of years. He knew him early in 1870, and know him not only as a friend, but as a barrister and solicitor, and for many years as a fellow judge. The Bench regretted exceedingly Sir John's retirement from it. Similar warm tributes were paid by the Hon. Sir Francis Bell and the Hon. T. W. Hislop.

Widespread sympathy will be felt for Lady Denniston and family in their bereavement.

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DEATH OF SIR J. DENINTSTON., Press, Volume LV, Issue 16581, 22 July 1919

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DEATH OF SIR J. DENINTSTON. Press, Volume LV, Issue 16581, 22 July 1919

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