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We deeply regret to have to chronicle the death of Mr. Charles Bonython Borlase, at the comparatively early age of 55 years. Mr. Borlass was a member of an old Cornish family. He was the son of Lieut. - Colpnel Borlase, who commanded a dragoon regiment in- India, and he was born in that connlry, but. returned to England at an early age, and after completing his education he studied law, and was in due course admitted as a solicitor. For some time he was connected as a law reporter with the London press, and afterwards obtained a partnership in a legal firm in London. Being closely connected with the Molesworth family his attention was directed to New Zealand, and in 1848, accompanied by his wife and young family, he arrived in Wellington by the ship "Victory. Mr. Borlase brought some capital with him, and was noted at the time as being the first man in the place ' to indulge in the litxmy of being attended in his rides by a mounted groom. After a residence of, about two years in town, Mr. T3orlase determined on settling in the then almost unknown Wairarapa. This intention he carried out, and for seven years he led a bush life there, being noted for his generous and profuse hospitality to all who visited the district. In 1857, when politics were running very high in the city, Mr. Borlase was induced to enter ofithe field. There was a general election "pending, and' the Radical party knew they could command a majority, but Dr. Featheraton. would not accept an Executive from J theif ranks, *as they had no one amongst them who cotild fill" the office of Provincial Solicitor. Under these circumstances, overtures were made to Mr. Borlase. by the late Mr. Bowler, and, after ranch solicitation and pressure, he consented to become one of the Radical candidates for the city, and being returned, shortly afterwards became Provincial Solicitor. About a year after this he brought hi 3 family to town, and resumed the active duties of his profession, acting," amongst other things, as the legal adviser of the first Wellington Building Society. Mr. Borlase retained his seat as one of the city members of the Provincial Council continuously from 1857 to the present time. In 1865 he unsuccessfully opposed Dr. Featherston for the Superintendency, being defeated by 229 votes. At the general election of 186G, he stood for the city, and was returned to the House of Representatives, in conjunction with Dr. Featherston and Mr. Waring Taylor, polling only 3 votes less than Dr. Featherston, and beating Mr. W. B. Rhodes by 140. At the general election in 1871, Mr. Borlase failed to secure re-election. In the same year he joined the Provincial Executive of Mr. Bunny as Solicitor, and held that office to his death. Mr. Borlase was a member of the Town Board of Works, and afterwards of the City Council, and during the year 1873-74, he filled the office of Mayor of the city. Shortly after retiring fromthispositioninDecemberlast,hishealth gave way, and he has since been gradually sinking. For two or three months past, his friends have known recovery to be hopeless, dropsy having set in. Probably few men in the province were more generally liked than Mr. Borlase. His amiable and genial nature rendered him a universal favorite, and his death will be widely regretted.. There was one remarkable feature in his character, he wa3 never known to - say an unkind word of anyone. In his time, he had experienced many a hard rub, but such a thing as bearing malice or illwill was never known in him. Mr. Borlase expired on Saturday evening. His funeral takes place to-morrow afternoon at 3 o'clock, from his residence, Tinakori Road. The Provincial Government and City Council offices will be closed during the afternoon.

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DEATH OF MR. C. B. BORLASE., Evening Post, Volume XI, Issue 66, 17 May 1875

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DEATH OF MR. C. B. BORLASE. Evening Post, Volume XI, Issue 66, 17 May 1875