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THE ELECTIONS.

(CONTINUED.) NEW MEMBERS. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Mid-Canterbury.—Mr Jeremiah Connolly. Mr Jeremiah Connslly, Liberal-Coali-tion candidate for Mid-Canterbury, was born at Kakahu, near Geraldine, 56 years a go, and is a son of the late Mr and Mrs J. Connolly, who farmed in that district. Mr Connolly, sen., arrived in New Zealand in 1861, and, af*er working in the Otago goldfields, settled on a small farm at Kakahu. After receiving his education at the Hilton School, Mr Connolly, jun., worked.with his father on the farm, and was early initiated into the work of ploughing, harvesting, shearing, and general farm and stock work. To-day he is regarded as one of the soundest men in Canterbury on the practical work of the farmer.

He was early called upon to assume heavy responsibilities, owing to an accident which befell his father. He commenced farming on his own account at xhe age of 26 years, taking up 87 acres near Geraldine. Shortly afterwards ho secured a leasehold property of 350 acres from the Canterbury School Commissioners. A few years later the Eaukapuka Estate came on the market for subdivision, and Mr Connolly purchased the homestead block. He sold out his Geraldine interests in 3919 and purchased from Mr L. White the Langley Estate, where he now resides. He was connected with various patriotic organisations during the war, and was a member of the Sonth Canterbury War Relief Association, the Advisory Committee (Agricultural and Pastoral), and the National Efficiency Board, and acted on several other bodies. During the past 25 years Mr Connolly has been dealing extensively in sheep and has carried on very large operations successfully. Raglan.—Mr D. S. Reid. Mr D. Stewart Reid (C.) was member for Waikato in the Parliament of J 925-1928, being defeated in the latter year by Mr F. Lye, the United Party's candidate. Mr Reid was born at Drurv in 1807, and has lived at Tuhikaramea, in the Waipa County, since a child. There werG only two or three settlers at Tuhikaramea when Mr Reid went to reside there, and he has done his share toward developing the district into the fine dairying and cattle-raising centre it is to-day. For more than 30 years Mr Reid has taken an active interest in local body affairs, he has served as chairman of the Waipa County Council, the Tuhikaramea Road Board and school committees, and as a member of t.he No. 2 District Highway Board and the Central Electric Power Board. He has "also been a Justice of the Peace for many years. Auckland East.—Mr T. W. Schramm. Mr F. W. Schramm (Lab.) was born at Hokitika, of pioneer parents, who came from Australia in the 'sixties, having originally resided in Denmark. He was educated at the Hokitika' High.

School and at Canterbury University College. For a number of years he served in the Justice Department, attaining the position of deputy-registrar and deputy-sheriff of the Auckland Supreme Court. He has practised as a i barrister and solicitor in Auckland for I tho last nine years. Mr Schramm volunteered for service in the Great War, and, although rejected for overseas duty, he spent 18 months in camp in the Dominion. He has long been associated -with the Labour movement, and at the general election in 1928 he unsuccessfully contested the Hamilton seat against the Hon. J. A. Young, then Minister for Health. Roskill.—Mr A. S. Richards. Mr A. S. Richards (Lab.) was born in Reading, England, in 1877. He arrived in New Zealand in 1894 and for some while worked on sheep and cattle runs in Poverty Bay. In 1905 he started in business in Gisborne and four years later he was elected to the presidency of the East Coast Trades and Labour Council. He subsequently held many offices in the Labour Party in Gisborne prior to his removal to Auckland in 1922. He unsuccessfully contested tho Hamilton seat in 3922, Marsdon in 1925 and Roskill in 1925. InvercargilL—Mr James Hargest. Mr James Hargest (I.) was born at Gore in 1891 and was educated at State schools. He then engaged in farming until August, 1914, when he left the Dominion with the Main Body of tho New Zealand Expeditionary Force as a second-lieutenant in the Southland Mounted Rifles. After serving at Gallipoli he was obliged to came back to New Zealand on account of aerious wounds. In 1916, however, he again went overseas, seeing considerable active service in France. He was twice mentioned in despatches and was decorated with the D.5.0., M.C. and the French Legion of Honour. He ultimately gained the rank of lieutenantcolonel and was placed in command of an Otago infantry battalion. After the war Mr Hargest returned to the Dominion and settled in Mandeville in 1919. In the following year he purchased the Rakahouka (Southland) property of Mr James Milne, and he has since been sheepfarming there. Mr Hargest has been a prominent member of the Southland Land Board, tho Southland Land Purchase Board and the Assessment Court. Since the war he has maintained his interest in military matters, and in 1926 he was promoted colenel and given the command of the 3rd Infantry Brigade. He is an honorary aide-de-camp to his Excellency the GovernorGreneral. At the General Elections in 1925 and, 1928 he stood against Sir Joseph Ward in the Invcrcargill constituency, and at tho ljy-election last year he was narrowly defeated by Mr Vincent "Ward. Grey Lynn.—Mr John A. Lee. Mr John A. Lee (Lab.) was born in Otago in 1891, and was educated at the Albany street School in Dunedin. After working on farms in Otago and Southland for some while Mr Lee went to the North Island in 1909 and obtained employment with the Public Works Department. He served with the New Zealand Forces during the Great War and was awarded the DC.M. for conspicuous gallantry in the Battle of Messines. He had his left forearm shot off at Mailly Maillet in April, 1918, and he returned to New Zealand on Peace Day, 1919. From 1922 to 1928 Mr Lee represented Auckland East as

a Labour member, being defeated in the latter year by the Hon J. B. Donald, the United Party's candidate. He lias been president of the Auckland Labour Party and a member of the executive of the Auckland Ecturned Soldiers' Association. Gisborne. —Mr D. W. Coleman. Mr D. W. Coleman (Lab.) lias been connected with the Labour movement for the past 28 years. He has occupied the position of president of the Gisborne Labour Representation Committee, and represented Gisborne at many Labour conferences, both industrial and political. Mr Coleman has had considerable local body experience. Fifteen years ago he was elected to the Gisborne Borough Council and the Gisborne Hospital Board. Since March of 1928 he has been Mayor of Gisborne. Dunedin South.—Mr F. Jones. Mr Frederick Jones (Lab.) is a native of Dunedin. He was appointed by the Government to act on the -Footwear Inquiry Committee. He has been a member of the Otago Labour Council since 1912, and has been president on three occasions. He has been an active member of the Otago Labour Representation Committee since it was first formed about 15 years ago. lie has held the position of president on three occasions, and at present occupies that office, and has also been a member of the National Executive of the New Zealand Labour Party for the past seven years. lie holds the position of president of the Workers' Educational Association. He is a member of the District Council of the League of Nationas' Union. He unsuccessfully contested the mayoralty in 1929.

Wairarapa.—Hon. A. D. McLeod. The Hon. A. D. McLeod (1.C.) is a native of the Wairarapa. Mr McLeod was born in 1872. He is the third son of the late William McLeod, one of the early Wairarapa pioneers. After serving an apprenticeship on his father's farm in all classes of farm work, Mr McLeod took up farming on his own account in 1895. Oil June 25th, 1924, Air McLeod was appointed by the late Mr Massey to take over the portfolio of Lands. He officially represented New Zealand at the inauguration of the new Federal Capital at Canberra, and tho opening there of the Houses of Parliament of the Australian Commonwealth, on May 9th, 1927. An ardent apostle of the freehold principle, Mr McLeod did much during his term of office to provide the right of conversion to Crown leaseholders. Following the death of Mr Massey, Mr McLeod continued to hold office in the Coates Administration. At the 1928 General Election, Mr McLeod was rejected by the Wairarapa electors, who returned the United Party candidate. Colonel McDonald.

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THE ELECTIONS., Press, Volume LXVII, Issue 20410, 3 December 1931

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