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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

* Fourteen Appointments Announced THREE CHRISTCHURCH MEMBERS tPP.iiSS ASSOLiATiO:: ILLEG:;. 1 --!.; WELLINGTON, June 22. The Prime Minister (the Rt. Hon. G. W. Forbes) announced to-day that the Governor-General has appointed the following to be members of the Legislative Council. Mr John Alexander, C.M.G., of Auckland. The Hon. George James Anderson, Wellington. Mr Thomas Bloodworth, of Auckland. Mr Archibald Bums, of Mr Eliot Rypinski Davis, of Auckland. 3lr William Hayward, of Christchurch. Mr Leonard Monk Isitt, of Christchurch. Mr James McLeod, of New Plymouth. Mr Thomas Francis O'Byrne, of Invercargill. Mr William Perry, of Wellington. Sir Robert Heaton Rhodes, K.C.V.0., K.8.E., of Christchurch. Mr Harold Arthur Russell, of Hastings. Mr Fred Waite, of Balclutha. Mr Vincent Aubrey Ward, of Wellington.

Mr Forbes also announced that he proposed at a later date to recommend the appointment to t'.ie Legislative Council of a member of the Maori race.

THE NEW COUNCILLORS BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES Following are biographical sketches of the newly appointed members: — MR JOHN ALEXANDER Mr John Alexander, C.M.G.. of Auckland, is by profession a barrister, solicitor. ana notary public. He was president of the Auckland Law Society from 1923 to 1925, and has been president of the Auckland Savings Bank since 1929. He is a director of several business firms, and has been a member of the Prisons Board since 1926. Mr Alexander is one of the oldest members of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, of which he has held the offices of rear-commociore and vice-commodore, and he has taken a keen interest in other sports. He was born in Northern Ireland in 1876. HON. G. J. ANDERSON The Hon. George James Anderson was born at Bendigo (Victoria), and came with his parents to Otago in the 'sixties. He learned the trade of compositor, and was later engaged in Christchureh and Dunedin newspaper offices as a reader. Subsequently he secured an interest in the "Mataura Ensign," published at Gore, and was manager and editor of that journal until he entered politics. He first came into political prominence in 1908, when he defeated the then Minister for Lands in the Ward Cabinet, the Hon. Robt. McNab, and represented the seat continuously until the election of 1528. In 1920 he was appointed by Mr Massey to the portfolio of Internal Affairs. From 1921 to 1928 he was Minister for Mines and Labour, and from 1922 to 1928 Minister for Marine. He has been residing in Wellington since his retirement from the Lower House. 31R THOMAS BLOODWORTH Mr Thomas Bloodworth is secretary of the Auckland Carpenters' Union, and has been prominent in the Labour movement for many years. He has been a member of the Auckland City Council since 1919, of the Auckland Power Board since 1921. and of the Auckland Harbour Board since 1923. He contested the Parnell electorate as Labour candidate in 1919 and 1930. MR ARCHIBALD BURNS Mr Archibald Burns, J.P., of Auckland, is chairman of the Auckland Education Board, a member of the Grammar School Board, a member of the Thames High School Board, chairman of the board of advisers to the Teachers' Training College, a member of the Auckland University College Council, and a member of the Council of Education. He is a past Mayor of Thames, where for eight years he took a leading part in public and educational affairs. MR ELIOT DAVIS 1 Mr Eliot Davis, of Auckland, lived for some years in London, where he took a keen interest in New Zealand's export trade. He made several suggestions which proved of vnlu«. A type of pig suitable for the export trade has been developed on Mr Davis's stud farm. Mr Davis is also a breeder of Friesians and sheep, and he is a director of New Zealand Breweries, Ltd. MR WILLIAM HAYWARD Mr William Hayward, of Christchureh, is managing director of Rink Taxis, Ltd., a director of the Farmers' Saleyards, Ltd., and of the Farmers' Insurance Company, Ltd. He is a former president of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, of the Canterbury Employers' Association, and of the Christchureh Citizens' Association. He entered local politics in 1927, when he was elected ft member of the Christchureh Tramway Board, of which he was chairman in 1930. In 1929 and in 1931 he stood for the Christchureh Mayoralty, but was unsuccessful on both occasions. He is a member of the Christchurch City Council, and in 1931-32 he was chairman of the United Party Political Association of Christchureh. He has been a committee member of the Metropolitan Trotting Club for 11 years, and was formerly treasurer

of the New Zealand Trotting Association. Mr Hayward was born in Christchurch in 1837, and received his eariv training as an apprentice to Boon and Stevens, the Christchurch coachbuilding firm, later visiting England to gain experience with coachbuilding firms there.

MR L. M. ISITT Mr Leonard Monk Isitt, who has been a member of the Legislative Council -since 1925, is well known for his work in support of the prohibition movement. He was born in England in 1855, and came to New Zealand in 1875, being ordained into the Methodist Church in 1382. He started the first no-license campaign in co-operation with Mr T. E. Taylor in Sydenham and later toured New Zealand in support of it. He returned to England after the passage of the first No License Bill in the Dominion, and for 11 years lectured in England, with occasional visits to New Zealand to take part in nolicenss campaigns. He resigned his ministerial status in the Methodist Church, but has since been vice-presi-dent. and has held nearly every law office in the church organisation. He was elected to the House of Representatives to represent Christchurch North in 1911. and held the seat continuously until 1925. when he was appointed to the Legislative Council. MR JAMES MCLEOD Air James McLeod, J.P., of New Plymouth, is managing director of Messrs McLeod and Slade, a printing firm. He started his career as a bank clerk, he went on to newspaper work, and he took part in gold dredging during the boom of the 'nineties. He resumed newspaper work as editor of the "Eltham Argus," and he entered the printing business in 1912. He is a former president of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, and a trustee of the New Plymouth Savings Bank. Mr McLeod was at times president of the New Zealand Rugby Union, and he i r ; now a member of the executive cf the New Zealand Racing Conference. MR T. O'BYRNE Mr Thomas O'Byrne, of Invercargill, is secretary to the Southland Sawmills Union. When he came to New Zealand from Tasmania he worked for years on farms and sawmills in the Southland district. He was chairman of the Southland branch of the Liberal and Labour Federation in .1904, and he has been president of the Southland Timber Workers' Union and various athletic and axemen's sociej ties in Southland. | MR W. PERRY

Mr W. Perry is a prominent Wellington barrister and solicitor. He was born in Westland in 1885, and was educated at Wellington College and Victoria University College, taking the degree of LL.B. He was president of the Wellington District Law Society in 1922, and was president of the Wellington Returned Soldiers' Association from 1920 to 1922. He has held the office of Dominion vice-president of the Returned Soldiers' Association since 1925. and he was president of the Wellington branch of the Navy League in 1930. Mr Perry takes a keen interest in bowling, and is president of the Wellington Bowling Centre. He served for three years during the Great War in the First Wellington Regiment. SIR R. HEATGN RHODES The Hon. Sir Robert Heaton Rhodes, K.C.V.0., K.8.E., M.A. (Oxonj, V.D., J.P., has been a member of the Legislative Council since 1926, and has had a distinguished political career. He was born at Puratt in 1361, and was educated at Mrs Alabaster's School, Turrell's School, Geneva, and Bra.senose College, Oxford. He was admitted to the bar of the Inner Temple, London, in 1887, and on his return to New Zealand was admitted in Christchurch. He was elected to Parliament to represent Ellesmere in 1899, and held the seat continuously until 1925, when he was prevented by ill-health from again contesting it. He entered the Cabinet in 1912 as PostmasterGeneral and Minister for Public Health, and the Tourist Department, but in 1915, being the junior member of Cabinet, he resigned to facilitate the formation of the National Government. During the war he went to •Egypt, Gallipoli, and Malta to report on matters affecting the New Zealand troops abroad, and from 1918 to 1919 was New Zealand Red Cross Commissioner in England. Alter the war he was reappointed to the Cabinet as Minister for Defence, Commissioner of State Forests, and Minister in Charge of Government Life Insurance and State Fire Insurance. In 1926, the year following his retirement from the House of Representatives, he was appointed to the Legislative Council, and acted as leader of the council in the absence of S itFrancis Bell, and later as deputyI leader. I | MR H. A. RUSSELL Mr Harold Arthur Rust'cll, a sheep farmer, living at Hastings, is 63 years of age. He is a son of Sir William Russell. He was educated in England and at the Canterbury Agricultural College, Lincoln, and for many years was manager of his father's stud farm. He has always been interested in racing and breeding, particularly jumpers, and he has a good record and reputation as a gentleman rider. Mr Russell was president of the Hawke's Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Association from 1921 to 1923. of the Hawke's Bay Hunt Club in 1923 and 1924, and chairman of the Te Aute College Board in 1023 and 1924. He is a member of the Hawke's Bay County Council and Harbour Board, and of the Napier High School Board. MR FRED. WAITE Mr Fred. Waite, D.5.0., J.P., was for many years on the staff of the "Otago Daily Times'' before he took up farming. He had a distinguished career at the war, in Egypt and Gallipoli, nnd he is well known for his official history of the New Zealanders and the Gallipoli campaign. He is a member of the Otago executive of the Farmers' Union, a director of the Co-operative Dairy ox Otago, and a member of the archaeological branch of the Otago Institute. He represented Clutha in Parliament from 1925 to 1931, when ho was defeated by Mr P. McSkimming. MR VINCENT WARD Mr Vincent Aubrey Ward, of Wellington, represented Invercargill in the House of Representatives from 1930 until the General Election in 1931, occupying the seat held by his father, Sir Joseph Ward. Mr Ward began his business career as a cadet in the National Bank of New Zealand in Wellington, in 1905, and later was associated with Lloyd's Insurance Company in London. He was a member of the ;;taff of the United States Steel Com-

oany in New York, and then of the New Zealand Shipping Company in Canada and served with the Canadian forces during the war. On his return to New Zealand after the war he served with the Ministry of Shipping for a short time, and then joined the firm of J. G. Ward and Company, in Christchiirch, subsequently becoming private secretary to his father.

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, Press, Volume LXX, Issue 21198, 23 June 1934

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