ME: DAVID BUICK, M.P.
Mr. David Buick, "51. P. for Palmersfcon North, died in Wellington at II o'clock last night, from influenza. The late Mr. Buick was born at Karori in* 1848, and was the son of Mr. William Buick, who arrived in New Zealand in the ship Arafe in 1841. He received his education at the ; Hutt, whither his parents moved in 1852,.. Until 1885. he worked as a farmer at the Hntt, for his father and on his own account. Then he purchased about 550 acres of firstclass grazing land at Palmerston North, and carried on business as a breeder of Romney Marsh sheep. He first entered public life as a member ■: of the Hutt Road Board. At Palmerston he was chaiTman. for many years of the Manawatu Road Board and- the Drainage Board, and was prominent in all agricultural and pastoral activities. His interest in sport was keen,"and he was well known as a breeder and owner of thoroughbred racing stock. In the old days, when the Caledonian Society, flourished, he was one of its most active supporteTs. His first entry into general politics was in 1896, when he. unsuccessfully contested the Palmerston seat. He was elected in 1908, and has represented the constituency since. In Parliament he has been a supporter of the farmers' interests, of which he had a wide and exact knowledge. He waa a man of genial disposition, and very popular amongst members. The body will be taken to Palmerston to-day for private interment. The Hon. D. H. Guthrie will represent the Ministry at the funeral.
The late member took a~~prominent part in establishing the Longburn Freezing Works. During the war he has been closely associated with patriotic move■ments in the district.
Mrs. Buick died recently. The late member's family comprises one son and five daughters, one of whom ia at present seriously indisposed with influenza.
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OBITUARY, Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 122, 19 November 1918
OBITUARY Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 122, 19 November 1918
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