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DEATH OF CAPTAIN BAILLIE

The death occurred last evening off the Hon. Captain William Douglas Hall Baillie, M.L.C., at the ripe age of 95 years, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Balcombe Brown, Upper Hutt. The late Captain Baillie, was one of the older school of politicians, a right worthy resident of the Marlborough Province/and a soldier, with a long record of service in' India in the years when, 'campaigning., spelt bitter work indeed. He was ■ the last of the life members of the New Zealand Legislative Councillors, his service as a Legislative Councillor dating back to 1861. He'had been an invalid,"• lor' some time past. „_ „,...,.,.,.. ...,, „*_..,., ' Be came of an old' Scottish family, ■ which moved overseas to . Brunswick; ■: Canada, where he was born on 22nd February, 1827. He was educated at the Military School, Woolwich, and at the' age of.nineteen he entered the British. Army as ensign with the 24th Foot, and went to India, where for six years he served under Sir Hugh Gough. and Sir . Colin Campbell, afterwards Lord Gough and Lord Clyde. Ensign Baillie was in., the Punjab Campaign of 1848-49, and at the battle of Chilian Wallah his regiment was much cut up by the Sikh Army under Shere Singh. At'the end; of 1853, Lieutenant Baillie returned to England, and, r obtained promotion to. the rank of captain in 1854, and was commandant, at Chichester until he came to New Zealand in the ship Oriental in 1857. Captain Baillie settled in the Wairua district, where he remained for several years, but he afterwards disposed , of his run.aud lived on his estate near* Picton. For over thirty, years he was connected' with..the "volunteer, move;'; ment, and for the greater portion of that time he was Colonel-Commandant of the Marlborough Volunteer Forces. In 1881 he accompanied the expedition to Parihaka. '

His political career commenced in 1861, when he was returned as a member of the Maryborough Provincial Council, in which he sat until its ' abolitior> in 1876. He was the second Superintendent of the province, holding office in 1862-63. He was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1861, and for twenty-two years consecutively he was elected Chairman of Committees. For very many years he was a' member of the Marlborough Educat\on. Board. , His wife died three years ago, and of his three sons but one, Mr,' W. Baillie, survives him. The other sons were: Mr. T. D. Baillie, who was killed in til* war, and the late Dr. Hamish Baillie.

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DEATH OF CAPTAIN BAILLIE, Evening Post, Volume CIII, Issue 47, 25 February 1922

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DEATH OF CAPTAIN BAILLIE Evening Post, Volume CIII, Issue 47, 25 February 1922

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