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THE NEW MEMBERS. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.

Following are particulars of the new members returned to Parliament at yesterday's poll, with the exception of Messrs Dillon and Poole : — MR. R. B. ROSS. Mr. Robert B. Ross, the newly-elected member for Pahiatua, was born in Upper Mataura, his father being Mr. Robert Ross, one of the pioneers of Southland. In 1883 he joined the colony's Railway Department as clerk and telegraphist, and was appointed stationmaster at Dipton in 1888. He remained in the railway service until the death of his father in 1902, when he to live on his farm at Riversdale. While there he unsuccessfully contested the Wakatipu seat against Mr. W. Fraser. Two years ago Mr. Ross sold bis farm interest and joined the permanent staff of the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society, making Woodville his headquarters. He is an up-to-date agriculturist. He' was selected as the Liberal and Labour candidate by delegation, and is a loyal supporter of the Government. MR. J. T. M. HORNSBY. Mr. J. T. M. Hornsby, the new member for Wairarapa, supports the Government. He is a journalist by profession, resident at Carterton. He hails from Tasmania, where he was born in 1857, and where he was brought up to the printing trade. In 1874 he came to New Zealand, settling in Otago. Since that time he has followed his profession in various parts of the colony. In 1884 he contested the Lakes district seat against the Hon, T. Fergus, and was defeated ; and in 1896 fought and was beaten in the electorate for which he has just been returned. In 1899 he was returned for Wairarapa, polling 1968 votes against Mr. Buchanan's 1818. In 1902 Mr. Buchanan converted his minority into a narrow majority. MR. J." STEVENS. Mr. John Stevens, the successful candidate for Manawatu, was born in Wei. lington in 1845, and has resided in the Rangitikei and Manawatu district since 1854. He was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1873, when he was engaged by the late Hon. Henry Russell as assistant and interpreter . duripg the sitting of the Native Lands^ Alienation Commission at Napier. For several years afterwards he followed the occupation of native interpreter and land agent, beginning an auctioneering and land agency in 1875. In 1881 Mr. Stevens contested and won the Rangitikei seat against the late Sir William Fox. He was defeated by Mr. Bruce at several subsequent elections but afterwards won the Rangitikei seat against Mr. F. Y. Lethbridge, and subsequently won the Manawatu election twice against Mr. Bruce. In the last Parliament of' which he was a member, 1899-1902, he was Government Whip. In 1902 he was defeat«d by Mr. Vile. Mr. Stevens has been a- member of the Wanganui Education Board, and is a member of the Wellington Land Board. He is a supporter of the Government. MR. A. S. MALCOLM. Mr. Alex. Scott Malcolm, who succeeds Mr. J. W. Thomson for Clutna, was born in 1864, and landed in the colony on the day he was eight years old. He received his education in the State schools, at Horton College (Tas•mania), and at the Otago University. At the University he was prizeman in Political Economy, and also took the "Macandrew Scholarship in the same subject. Six years ago- he organised the Clutha Prohibition League (of which he has always been hon. secretary), by whose efforts and organising work Prohibition was carried in Clutha in 1894 by such an extraordinary majority. His other interests have been in connection with church work, in which he fills many offices. Mr. Malcolm is the accepted Op Sosition candidate in succession to Mr. . W. Thomson, and is pledged to vote against the present Six years ago he stood for Clutha, bat at last election retired in favour of Mr. -Thomson, the sitting member. Mr. Malcolm took a very active part in the patriotic moyement ouring the Boer wai, and addressed many meetings in Clutha and Tuapeka. He is well-known in many parts of Otago as a cricketer and tennis player. He has been head-teacher of the Kelso School for Bearly seventeen years. MR. C. H. IZARD. Mr. Charles Hayward iz?vd was born "in 1862 in the • electorate (Wellington North) that Be has just contested. He is the eldest son of the late Mr. Charles B. Izard, who was a prosiir.ent and popular barrister of Wellington and member for Wellington Suburbs. After receiving his primary education in Woljington, Mr. Chas. H. Izard was educated at Harrow (England), read for the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, and was admitted as a barrister in 1883, having just attained his majority. Returning to New Zealand, he practised with the firm of Izard and Bell, afterwards Bell, Gully, and Izard, nnd in 1897 commenced practice on his own account. Besides being a. director of several large companies, he was for two years chairman of the Benevolent Board, during which period the Home was rebuilt. He is a College Governor and a member of the Technical Education Board. He has been a member of the City Council for a number of years, and is at present senior member of that body, having been^returned at the last municipal election within one of the top of the poll. He takes considerable interest in athletics, and was one of the most active promoters of the Athletic Park. At the last by-election, Air. Izard won second place, being defeated by Mr. F. M. B. Fisher. MR. A. R. BARCLAY. Mr. A. R. Barclay, who, as the Ministerial nominee, has effected v re-entry into political life by defeating Mr. Bedford in Dunedin North, is n barrister and solicitor, and is the eldest son of the Rev. George Barclay (pioneer Presbvteriun minister n South Canterbury), The new member came to New Zealand in 1866, being then 5 years old. He was educated at Timara" Public School, Christ's College, and at Otago University, where he obtained his B.A. and LL.B. degrees. He has since practised in Dunedin. In 1891 Mr. Barclay was appointed lecturer on law and constitutional history at Otago University. In 1899 he was elected with Messrs. Millar and Arnold to represent Dunedin City in the House of Representatives, coming third on the poll. In the election contest of 1902 he was again a candidate for Parliamentary honours, but suffered defeat, coming fourth on the list. •MR. C. M. GRAY. Mr. C. M. Gray, who has effected a. surprise by his defeat of Mr. Taylor, has been a prominent figure in politics for many years past. He wus born at Geelong, Victoria, in 1853, and arrived in New Zealand in 1862. Mr. Gray, who at present carries on a drapery business in High-street, Christchurch, was for teven years in the employ of Mr. Peter Bell, of Wanganui, and on removing to Christchurch was for tt-n years with Mr. Robert Black (afterwards Black, Beattie, and Co.). He commenced business on his own account in 1884. He has been a member of the Christ*

church City Council since 1885, was Mayor m 1891, and at present occupies that position. He was also a member of the Christchurch Hospital Board, and in 1898 was elected to the chair. Of late years Mr. Gray has been a particularly active figure in local affairs. He is a, member of the Tramway Board, and as Mayor of Christchurch is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Exhibition, which is to be held next year. He stood as an Independent candidate. MR. J. A. MACPHERSON. Mr. J. A. Macpherson, who defeated Mr. Herdman, is now in his forty-first year. He was educated at' the Churchstreet School, Nairn, and at the Royal Academy, Inverness, and in 1882 sailed for Melbourne, arriving in New Zealand in 1883, where he found an appointment in Dunedin. A few months later he joined the railway and postal service. In 1885 he went into partnership a stock and station business in Canterbury, selling out in 1887,' baying land on tiie famous Ngapara Limestone Tables, and has been farm, ing in the Ngapara district since. Mr. Macpherson has taken a keen and intelligent interest in the affairs of North. Otago, ai^d has had varied experience in all matters, pertaining to the progress and welfare of the district. At a convention of delegated from all parts of the electorate on Mount Ida, some of the representatives driving a distance of 60 miles, held at Naseby last May, Mr. Macpherson was elected out of 6ix candidates to represent the Liberal party at the- election. MR H. J. GREENSLADE. Mr. Henry James Greenslade, J.P. (Waiknto), was born at Auckland on August 20, 1867, and resided at Thames until March, 1900, when he purchased the well-known estate of "Glengariff," at Ohaupo (Waikoio). He was educated at the Thames, and was for 19 years connected with the Thames Star, rising from errand boy to editor. He always took an active intrest in local and political affairs at the Thames, and in 1898 was elected Mayor. In 1899 he unsuccessfully contested the Thames seat against Mr. Jas. M'Gowan. Mr. Greenslade -was connected with almost every local body at the Thames. Since taking up hio residence in the Waikato he has taken a prominent part in ( local affairs. In 1896 Mr. and Mrs. Greenslade made a twelve-months' tour of the United States of America, Great Britain, and Ireland, and the Continent. He contested, the Waikato seat as a supporter of the present Government. -MR. H. POLAND. ' Mr. Hugh Poland (Ohinemuri) was born on June 28, 1868, at Tuakau, Lower Waikato, and received his primary education at the Tuakau Public School. In 1863 he woa a district scholarship, gaining first place in the province, and entitling him to three years' tuition at the Auckland Grammar School. Whilst there he passed the junior and senior Civil Service Examinations (the latter first in the colony), also the University matriculation examination. He took up the profession of teacher, and .passed his D examination, but after three yeara he gave up teaching, and about seven years ago was appointed agent and representative in-- Ohinemuri for the Auckland Star, which position he has held ever since. He is an enthusiastic sport, and won the Grammar School Cup, also the Ladies' Bracelet at tlie A.A.C., and has represented Auckland at football for seven years. During his residence in Paeroa he has taken great interest in all matters of local importance. He has been a member of the Ohinemuri County Council. He is a supporter of the present Government. MR. J." T. HOGAN. -Mr. J. T. Hogan, who easily won the Wanganui seat with 2512 votes, is a young man of thirty-one years. Until he decided to contest the seat, he was employed in the Government workshops at Aramoho. He was bom in Wanganui, and educated there. Ho became an instructor in the Technical School, and was lieutenant in the Wanganui Rifles. He used to be secretary of the Amalgamated Society of Railway iServants, and was a member of the North Island Railway Appeal Board,.- His election is very popular m Wanganui, and was the focus of much interest, as the man whom the Premier strenuously endeavoured to displace with Mr. Willis. Mri, Seddon had a very mixed reception when he journeyed with 'Mr. Willis inta Aramoho, Mr. Hogan's stronghold, to endeavour to induce the electors to throw Mr. Hogan over in favour of his nominee. The new member supports the Government.

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THE NEW MEMBERS. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES., Evening Post, Volume LXX, Issue 137, 7 December 1905

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