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The Rev. J. C. Andrew, for many years a fatiribar figuro in public life, died at Otaki on Saturday, aged 85 years. Mr. Andrew was a native of Whitney, Yorkshire. He completed his educational career at Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1844, and M.A. in 1847. After being ordained he occupied the post of vicar at St. Michael's, Oxford, for one year. He was a fellow and tutor at Lincoln College, Oxford, for somo years, but decided to emigrate to New Zealand in 1856, landing at Lyttelton in tha ship Westminster the same year. Tho following year Mr. Andrew took up a sheep farm near the Waitaki River, and hfe also found time to carry out exploration work in the Southern Alps and in th? Mackenzie county. In 1866 he sold out of his farm, and settled on the bank of the Whareawa River, Tainui, in this Island. The property was in a virgin state, but with indomitable energy Mr. Andrew set out to BUDdue the wilderness; in the course of years the Mount lea Estate, as he called it, became well known. During these years Mr. Andrew acted as minister for the district, and in addition took id keen interest in public affairs. He was chairman of various local bodies, n member of the first Education Board for Wellington district, and he also represented the Wah'arapa electorate in Parliament* In the early seventies he retired from politics owing to family reasons, and took up the position of headmaster of the Nelson College in 1880, Six years later hs returned to his farm. From 1874 till 1903 Mr. Andrew had a close connection with the affairs of the New Zealand University, in which he always took a great interest. Ho was Vice-Chancellor from %1886% 1886 to 1903, when he retired. Latterly, owing to his great ago, Mr. Andrew lived practically in retirement.

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume LXXIV, Issue 139, 9 December 1907

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DEATH OF REV. J. C. ANDREW. A NOTABLE CAREER. Evening Post, Volume LXXIV, Issue 139, 9 December 1907