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THE HON. T.W. HISLOP, M.L.C.

A PROMINENT LEGISLATOR

The Hon. T. W. Hislop, one of the most respected members of the Legislative Council, an ex-Minister of the Crown, and a prominent resident of Wellington for about thirty-five years, died suddenly at his residence, Saycs Court, Aurora terrace, last night. He was stricken with a sudden seizure on Thursday night, only a few hours aftei: he had played an eloquent part in the close of the Parliamentary session, and hu remained unconscious until death occurred at about 9.30 p.m. yesterday. The late Mr. Hislop was a son of Mr. John Hislop, LL.D, Edin., and F.R.S., Edin., the first Secretary for Education in New Zealand, and was born at Kirkncwton, Midlothian, on Bth April, 1050. He left Scotland with his parents in 1856, arriving in Port Chalmers by, the ship Strathmore, and settling in East Taieri. Ho was educated by his father until he was about 12 years of age, after which he attended Shaw's Grammar School in Dunedin, the Dunedin High School, and subsequently the Otago. University. Choosing the law as a profession, ho was articled to Mr. B. C. Haggitt, Crown Prosecutor, and for many years Provincial Solicitor lov Otago. He completed his articles in 1871, and commenced to practise in Oamaru the same year, residing there until 1890. Ho entered Parliament in 1876, defeating Mr. (Sir) William J. Steward for the Waitaki seat, which then included Oamaru. He was re-elec-ted for the same constituency in 1879, but resigned his position in the House in the following year for private reasons In 1885 he was re-elected for Oamaru, a part of his old constituency, and again two years later. He entered tho Ministry, as Colonial Secretary in the Atkinson CToyernmcnt in 188*7, afterwards becoming Minister of Education and Minister of Justice, and remained a member of the Ministry until it vacated office in January, 1891. He contested the Camaru scat at the end of 1890, but was defeated, and did not seek re-election again until 1905, when he contested the Wellington Suburbs seat, being defeated by the sitting member, Mr. W. 11. P. Barber. In the course of his Parliamentary career he drafted the Fair llent Bill, which waa introduced by the Atkinson Government and passed by the Lower House. To further show that his ideas were a few, years before tho times, his record' shows that he introduced labour Bills, factory and shop hours, and employers liability Bills, also building- liens, and the Truck Act, which, however, were all thrown out, only to bo reintrod uced and passed on to the Statute Book a,few years later. The' Shipping and Seamen Act ho was successful in passing. Ho alao introduced some useful :logal reforms, and introduced the •UeprP6e.ita.tiou 'Bill, -a measure based on the Hare system, which was withdrawn. For the services in connection with the Pans Exposition of 1889 rendered by him as a Minister of the Orcwn, he was appointed an officer of the Legion of Honour. In'l9oß he was defeated by Mr. F. ? m? er in 'A st-r«ig"t-out. contest for Wellington Central. He was appointed to tho legislative Council in tool.

Mr. Hislop came .to Wellinglon in lbSl entering into partnership with Mr. A. da ß. Brandon,'with whom he continued to practise until 1920, when he retired front legal activity, being succeeded by his son, Mr. T. C. A. Hislop '. He was elected Mayor of Wellington m March, 1905, and held that position for four terms of office until April, 1909. when he retired. Amongst the works accomplished during his regime were the extension of the electric tramway system, the wood-blocking of the streets, the rew storage dams at Karori and Wainui, the taking over of the public and private lighting, and. the formation of large recreation grounds in. different parts of the city.

Mr. Hislop was twice married. His first wife was Miss Simpson, a daughter ■oE Mr. James Simpson, .of New South Wales, and a niece of the late Mr. Stewart Hawthorn, for some years rector of the Dunedin High School. By his first marriage he had two sons—Dr. Walter Hislop and Mr. T. C. A. Hislop,' both of Wellington—and three daughters—Mrs. Charles Cooper, of Christ--1 church, Mrs. (Dr. Shand, of Wellington, and Miss Joan Hislop, who is at present in England. His first wife died in 1909, ami in 1923 he married Miss M. E. Smith, of Wellington.

'The funeral will leave Sayes Court at 10 o'clock on Monday morning.

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THE HON. T.W. HISLOP, M.L.C., Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 82, 3 October 1925

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