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BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES.

' OF NEW MEMBERS. MR! R. a. WRIGHT., Mr. R. A. Wright, the new member for Wellington Suburbs, was first elected to Parliament in 1908 as member for Wellington South. He was bom in Dunedin in 1853, and is therefore 51 years.of age. When he was two years , of age his parents took up their residence at Hokitika, where Mr. Wright received his education at Scott's Grammar School. On leaving school he was apprenticed to the. printing trade' in too composing.room of the "West Coast Times," and at the conclusion of his apprenticeship oame to Wellington and joined the staff at the Government' Printing Office. After /severing his con- ■ nection with that Department, he be- • came printing overseer of tho "New Zealand Mail;" w;ith which journal he was associated for seventoon years. Mr. Wright subsequently, entered into business with Mr. Uarnian, the firm.being . known as Wright and Carman, Mr. ' Wright first appeared in public life as a member of tho Licensing Comniit- ' tee, and has_ taken an active part in connection with tho No-License movement. \ MR..ROBERT FLETCHER. I . Mr. Robert Fletcher, the new member for Wellington Central, is a man who . has risen from the ranks. Twenty odd years ago he was a member of the permanent staff of the Harbour Board as v* cargo-worker. He-graduated from — l i'.ere to be a .stortomn in the epiploy ' 'f Messrs. Joseph Nathan and Co., and ' ) bout thirteen years ago left that em- , ')loy to go into business as carriers and k grain merchants in partnership- with ' ' Mr. Athol Bannister. Later tho grain > department was dropped, and the business doveloped into a carrying one pure and simple. Mr. Fletcher was elected to the City .Council in 1007, and has been! returned at each election since. He has also been a member of tho Harbour Board for seven years past; was elected chairman in February, 1910, which post he still 'holds. He haE playod a prominent- part in Frpnmasonry and Druidism in New Zealand.

MR. DAVID M'LAREN. ! ■Mr. David M'Laren, tho .new member for Wellington - East, first stood for Parliament in 1802, but was defeated. In 1905 he contested the Wellington. East constituency, and was again defeated, but in 1908 was returned ed by a substantial majority. He was unseated at the last general election by Dr. Newman, his opponent in this year's contest. Born in Glasgow, in tho 'sixties, Mr. M'Laren arrived in New Zeajand at. the,age of fourteen. He-was 'touch hampered in early life by poor sight, but despite this was an omnivorous reader. He worked as a' bootmaker in Duiiedin and Wellington, and afterwards took up different classes of outdoor employment in town and country. He assisted to form ' the Waterside Workers' Federation, and was secretary to the Wellington Wharf Labourers' Union from 1899 to 1908. In 1901 Mr. M'Laren was elected to the City Council, and in 1912, Jie was the successful candidate for the Mayoralty, and had the honour of becoming the first Labour Mayor to be elected in New : Zealand. MR. W. H. FIELD. Mr W. H. Field, the now member for Otalci, was born at • Wanganui' in 1861. He was eduoatod at Wellington College, and afterwards became a scholar of-tho New Zealand University. In • 1893 Mr. Field was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court, On tho death of his brother.in 1899, .Mr. Field was elected to Parliamenfc as member for OtoM in the Liberal interest* and ivaa in Parliament con-

tinuously for twelvo years. At. the eleotion of 1911 he won the first ballot by nearly 500 votes, but was beaten in the second ballot by 21. votes. In consequenoe of the association of tho Opposition with the Socialist Party, Mr. Field determined to contest the present election as an Independent, but subsequently decidodthat as allcgiance "With one or other of the. mam parties was desira-ble to support Jlr. Massey, with the main planks in whose platform lie ivaa ,in agreement.

MR. J. T. M. HORNSBY. ■ \ Mr. J. T. M. Hornsby, the new I member ,for Wairarapa, has contested J tile' AVairarapa seat on no fewer than nix occasions previously with Sir Walter Buchanan each time as his principal opponent. In , 1896 there _ was a Buchanan majority of 836, in 18U9 Hornsby won by 156 votes, in 1902 there was a majority of, 66 for Buchanan, in 1905 the pendulum swung the other way, and Hornsby romped in by 620,' in 1908 Buchanan won by 136, and in 1911 there was a Buchanan majority of 125. Mr. Hornsby is 57 years of age, and is a native of Tasmania. Ho was apprenticed to the printing trade, and in 1875 came to 5 0.tago, being first employed on, tho "Wakatipu Moil." Later on he founded the "Lake Country Press," and in 1884 unsuccessfully eontested the 'Wakatipu seat against the Hon. T. ; Fergus. . At- different times lie has edited the "Evening (Nnpier),' "Waipawa Moil," "Star" (Christchurch), "New Zealand Times" (Wellington), "New Zealand Railway Review," and ' "Wairarapa Leader" (Carterton), of which he was proprietor for a number of .years. . ' MR. T. A. H. FIELD. Mr. Tho a. ,A. H. Field* the new member for Nelson, was born in'Bendigo, Victoria, in 1869. He came to' New Zealand in 1863. He was first.'elected to. the' Nelson City Council, ill, ] 907, last but one on, tho list. In 1909 he was reelected head of the poll, and-in 1910 returned head of the poll for the Hospital and ' Charitable Aid Board. He was appointed Deputy-Mayor in 1910. In 1911 he was elected Mayor;over a strong opponent. In 1912 he was unanimously asked to, offer himself for reelection by the' Nelson city councillors, ■ and was returned unopposed. He retired in 1913 from the Mayoral chair. He has been president of the Nelson Chamber of Commerce, is a leading member of the Nelson Savago Club, and' an ex-Great Chief, and is president of the Nelson Bowling Club. MR. R. P. . HUDSON.: Mr. R. P. Hudson (Motueka) is described sby tihose who khow him as a very capable man, of. sterling qualities, and will undoubtedly make 1 his mark in the Parliament of New Zealand., He. came to settle in-the'district six x or seven..years ago from, Ceylon, where he was a tea planter. As a fruitgrower~he ha 6 devoted his energies to organisation, and he has done much to place the industry on a sound business basis. He was'in turn president'of Ihe Motueka District Fruitgrowers' Union, president of the AJotiieka Fruit-growers'. Association, president of the- Nelson 1 District Fruitgrowers' Association, and 1 latterly president.:of the New Zealand Fruit-growers' Federation. For a man who has been,a fruit-grower only for five or years, this is a record that speaks for itself. . '

MR. J. W.. MUNRO. ' Mr. Munro, the new member for Dun-' edin. Central, was born, at Roslyn in 1870, and has spent all his life in Dunedin. He has been actively engaged in Labour matters locally for many years. By occupation lio is a baker, and for the past six years has carried on a bakery 'msiness of his own at North Dunedin. For three or four years he was president of the. Bakers' 1 Union,; and for six yearehe was vice-president of the Olago Trades and Labour Council. He has also been president of the Political Labour League. He stood against the lion. J. A. Millar at the election in 190S, and was a candidate for the same ieat at the last election. He has been a consistent advocate of the - Labour, cause for the past 20 years.- Mr. Munro has never sought' election, to any public bodies. '■ ■ /'"' "

MR. A. WALKER. '■ . Mr. A. Walker was born about the year 1853; He has been connected with the "Evening Star" for a great' many years, part of the .time as a compositor and latterly as.a reader. Quiet arid unassuming, he has been highly respected by all who know him. H4 has Deen connected- with the Hanover.; Street Baptist .Church for a long period, arid at.once time acted as treasurer to the congregation.; Mr. Walker has taken; aykeen-interest in Labour matters for . many years. . ' \ MR. DOWNIE' -STEWART. Mr. William Downio Stewart . (Dun- : odin West), younger son of: the late Hon. William Doivnie Stewart, was born in Dunedin ill 1878. .He was educated ; at the Otago Boys' High School and the Otago University,, wlioro ho graduated as LL.B. in 1900. In tho same, year lie entered into partnership in the firm of Downie Stewart and Payne. In 1905 ho unsuccessfully contested Dunediii South against Mr. J. F. Arnold. He was elected to the City Council in 1907, 1909, and. 1911. In 1913 ho was elected Mayor of Dunedin after one of the most strenuous' contests on record. He is, joint author, with Professor. Le Rossiguol, of "State Socialism in .New Zealand," which was published in England and America in 1910, and is regarded by leading economists as the impartial 6tudy yet published of New Zea- , land conditions. He contributed a valuable preface to the English translation of Siegfried's "Democracy in New Zealand/' which was published ' this year. He has been a member of the University Council (representing tho City Council) for some years, and has lately been appointed a director of the ; National Insurance Company and of tho Westport Coal Company.

MR. 0. H. POOLE. | Mr.. 0. H. Poole (Auckland, West) prior to entering Parliament m 1905, was best known in Auckland as an act-ing-secretary of the Y.M.C.A. He had then resided eight years in Auckland aiid had been closely identified witn evangelistic work. He has spent a considerable time in America and he was for some years at sea. Ho defeated Mr. O. J. Parr in Auckland West by 266 votes in 1905.. He was again returned to the same seat in 1908, when jus opponent was Mr. R. Thompson, the forraor member £or ; Marsden.. He was defeated by Mr. J. H. Bradney in 1911 by 1127 votes. ; MR. J. M. DICKSON. .

:Mr. James M. Dickson (Chalmers) was born in Victoria, and came;to New Zealand as a boy. He was educated in Victoria and Otago. He was engaged for a few years in sawmilling, and the balance of his life has been spent ui farming on the Otago Peninsula. He has taken a prominent part in rifleshooting and other branches of 6port, and has been prominently connected with public bodies for a number of years.. Ho has been chairman iho Portobello Road Board for the past eleven years, and a member of the Otago Harbour Board for _ four years. He is at present depty-chairman of the latter body. 1 He stood as a Government candidate for the Chalmers seat at tho last general election, and failed by less than 100 votes to get into the second ballot.

DK. H. T. "j.. THACKER. Dr. H. T. J. Thacker wem born at O'Kain's Bay in 1871, his father being Mr. John K. Thacker, who was a first-four-ship pioneer, having t been a ]M|sBtnger by the Sir George Seymour. Dr. Thacker received a primary school education at the O'Jiain's Bay Pup' l " . School, and then. at the Ghiustchurch Boys' High School, and later at Canterbury College, at which he secured the B.A. of the University .of New Zealand. He married an lri6n lady and returned to New Zealand, and has practised in Christchurch since. taken a large amount of interest in local government, having been chairman of O'Kain's Bay Road Board, and is an ex-City Councillor. At present Dr. Thacker is a member of tho Tramway Board and of the Lyttelton Harbour Board. Dr. Thacker •is anv ardent sportsman, and was one of the discoverers of Diok Arnst, one-time champion eculler of the world. He;is also a great supporter of Rugby League football, and a keen follower of trotting. Dr. Thacker wa3 a candidate for Christchurch East in 1811. and headed tie poll on .the first ballot,' but. was defeated on. the Becond ballot. .

. ' MR.. C. J. PARR. " N Mr;' 0. J. Parr, C.M.G. (Eden), a supporter of the Reform' Party, is at present Mayor of Auckland. He is a son of Mr. Reuben Parr, one of tl«e pioneer settlers of the oWaikato ais* trict. and. was born at Cambridge in 1869. He received his earlier soholastic training at the primary schools at Cambridge, Wailiou, To Aroha, and Thames, and when 14 years of age distinguished himself by ' winning a scbol"arshiD worth £40 a year, carrying freo tuition at .tlie Auckland Grammar School for three years. At the age of 20 ho passed the final examination for barrister, being 'placed among.the first for his year m the list of successful candidates. In 1892, at the ago of 22, Mr. Parr started practice in Auckland on his own account, and he has since built up an extensive practice. In 1899 he was elected a member of the City Council for Porigonby ward by 828 votes to 220. In 1903 he was elected to the Auckland Education Board ■ at the top of the poll, and he was subsequently chairman of that body for several years. He was also a member of the Auckland Harbour' Board foT some years.' At .the general Parliamentary election of 1905 he. stood as a candidate for Qie Auckland West seat, but was defeated by Mr. C. H. Poole. Mr. Parr was elected Mayor of Auckland in 1911, and he has held that position up to the present, being thus-in his\fourth year of Mayoral. office. On three occasions he was returned unopposed. The C.M.G, title was conferred upon .him in connection with the Birthday Honours in June last.

MR. 0.. J. TALBOT. Mr, 0. J. Talbot (Temuka), the member fo' Temuka, is the son of Mr. John Talbot, of Temuka. He was barn at Rangatira Valley, near Temuka, in 1873, and was educated, at private and public schools in Temuka and Timaru, finishing his scholastic career at the Timaru High School. Shortly after leaving school, in 1890, he went to Fairlie, to take charge of a block of agricultural and pastoral country. his father had bought there, arid he has lived in Fairlie ever since. .He commenced to take part in' local piiblic affairs almost as soon as he went to Fairlie, and has taken a prominent part in them ever since, being associated with almost every local institution. For the past seven years he has been chairnian of the Fairlie School Committee, is scoretary to the Fairlie Domain Hoard, and chairman of- the Board of Managers of the Fnirlie Technical Association He is also president of the Fairlio branch of the Farmers' Union. Mr. Talbot has also taken a keen interest in volunteering. He is a wejlread man. and takes an interest in journalistic work, of which he has found time to do a good deal. He is married, and has four children.

MR. J. ANSTEY. Air. John Anstey (Waitahij was born in Devonshire in 1856, and was brought up on his father's farm. He came out to Lyttelton about 1877, and for about three years found employment as a shearer, farm labourer, engine-driver, etc. In 1880 he acquired a freehold of 182 acres at Pareroa (since disposed of), and in November, 1889, leased an educational reserve of 417 acres in the Beaconsfield district, where hd has re->

sided since. Ho has taken all native interest in the Canterbury Farmers Co-operative Association, of which ho haß been a director for over 20 years. Mr. Anstcy was appointed a justice of the. peace in 1897. He was a member of the Land Commission, which was sent up by tho Seddon Government in 1905 to inquire into questions regarding conditions of land settlement, reading, access, etc. He was appointed to tho Legislative Council in 1907, and retired in January, 1914, on the expiration of his seven years' term. He was married in September,''lßßl, to a daughter of tho' late Mr. P. of Devonshire, and has three sons and one daughter. Two of the sous lie has assisted in setting on farms of their own. in the neighbourhood of Timaru. MR. W. T. JENNINGS. Mr. W. T. Jennings, the' new member for Taumarunui, was defeated at the last election by Mr. C. K. Wilson by 125 votes. He won tho seat eleotion of 1908, having sat for Egrnont during tho two previous Parliaments. Mr. Jennings was born at Auckland, in 1854. On completing his education he was apprenticed to' the printingtrade, and subsequently became manager of the Dunedin "Ago" and the "Now Zealand' Farmer" and "Graphic." He was connected with' the Knights of Labour, and took a prominent part in the Labour movement in the districts in which he lived, having been president of the Auckland Trades and Labour Council, and the Typographical and Tailoresses' Unions. In 1892 Mr. Jennings was appointed to the •Legislative Council by Mr. Ballance, and reappointed on the expiration of his in 1899. He resigned, however, to contest the Egmbnt 6eat at the general election of 1902.

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BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES., Dominion, Volume 8, Issue 2330, 11 December 1914

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