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OBITUARY

ME..JOHN GRAHAM, EX-M.P.

(From Our Own Correspondent)

NELSON, Bth February.

The death occurred at Peilding of Mr. John Graham at the age of 84. He was for many years identified with the public life of. Nelson and district. The late Mr. Graham was the elder son of one of the earliest pioneers of the province, being born at Nelson on 12th January, 1843. He lived here practically all his life, and represented the Nelson electorate in Parliament for 18 years, consecutively as a supporter of the Liberal Party. The late Mr. Graham, -who was a man of great force of character, was both prior to his Parliamentary career and during it, an active member of local bodies. For some time he was chairman of the Town Schools' Committee, a member of the IV ation Board, anr< for many years ci man of the Ne-son Kcirbour Board. He will be remembered by Parliamentarians as chairman of the Banking Inquiry Committee of 1896, when he frequently came into conflict with his chief (the late Right Eon. R. J. Seddon) and Mr. George Hutchison. In the session of 1894, Mr. Graham strenuously opposed, and with the powerful co-operation of Sir Robert Stout, was largely instrumental in defeating a Government Bill to give effect to the proposal of the Midland Bailway Company to relinquish its contract to construct a_ railway from Canterbury to Nelson in favour of a new undertaking to build the Canterbury portion of the line only, the colony, being asked to contribute £618,000 in debentures bearing interest at 3} per cent., and the railway when completed to belong to the company. The proposal was defeated by six votes. Mr. Graham voluntarily retired from Parliament in 1911, and it may be said of him that he did his duty to his constituency faithfully and welL It was always a matter for regret to all his old constituents that recognition of his services was not made by appointing him to the Legislative Conncil. As a platform speaker he ranked high, and could always hold his audiences on any subject he dealt with. The members of his family are Messrs. C. P. Graham and L. H. Graham, of Nelson; John Graham, solicitor, Feilding; David Graham, of Auckland; Mrs. Harper, of Feilding; and Missl Graham, also of Feilding.

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OBITUARY, Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 34, 9 February 1926

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OBITUARY Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 34, 9 February 1926

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