SIR JOHN P. LUKE
By the death of Sir John Pearce Luke,-which occurred . suddenly- last
evening, Wellington has" lost a highly respected and loved citizen, whose record in civic aud political service has been a long and most useful one. ■.-. .
Sir John Luke, who.was ;in- his 7.3rd year, was. born in St. Jiist, near Penzancc, '.Cornwall, and': came" to' Wellington in 1874 with his parents. Within a month of his arrival in the capital Mr. Luke engaged to complete his apprenticeship with the late Mr. X W. Mills, in the Lion Foundry, where he was soon in touch with a wide range of work. . ' . In 1879 the late Mr."S.'.Luke-estab-lished the Te Aro Engineering Works with his sons, Messrs. C. M. Luke aud John P. Luke, and the business prospered with the development of Wellington and New Zealand. Of this firm he was joint manager and director until the business was merged into the firm of Jas. J. Niven and Co<, Ltd. . The public life of Sir- John Luke commenced with his being elected a member of the Newtown School Committee. In 1898 he was elected a member of the City Council for the Cook Ward, and soon after his election he interested himself in the improvement of tramways. The resolution for" the purchase of the horse trams, and the installation of an electrical system, was proposed by Councillor Luke. He next concentrated on the abolition of the ward system, and had the satisfaction of seeing, rapid progress for the greater Wellington movement. The duplication of tlio- Waiiiul main was a project which he advocated from his early association with the council.* As a member of the Reserves Committee, of which he was chairman for some years; he strove with a will tp provide playgrounds. He' was elected to the Mayoral chair in 1913, and relinquished the office in 1921, having occupied the position for eight of the most eventful and strenuous years in the" history of the Dominion, including the war and epidemic periods. As Mayor and Mayoress during the war period and the immediate post-war years, Sir John and Lady Luke performed such signal seryices.. that the" Betuined Soldiers' Association conferred' upon' -them the honour of life membership of the'organisation. , Another sphere of activity was technical education, which was heartily encouraged during his chairmanship of the board.. For many... years he, was. a member of the Hospital Board. . ....
!.■ He was elected M.P. for Wellington Suburbs in 1908, and remained a member until 1911. In-1918 he .was elected ■MiPi..- for Wellington North, and continued to represent that constituency until 1928. Sir John Luke's cai-eer- as a member of Parliament was one of great usefulness, particularly as chair-, man of the Labour Bills Committee and chairman of the Committee for Con.: solidating the. Municipal Laws, while he did -good, service as a member- "of several other ■ important committees. Ho was leader of the New Zealand delegation which visited South Africa in 1924 in connection with the, Empire Parliamentary Associati°n>
At the time of his death Sir John was chairman of the Wellington City Council Sinking; Funds Commissioners and! of the National War Fund 3 Counf oil.: He was-also a member o| the commission which: reported on tho condi-. tions of returned soldiers, and made recommendations to the Gqverninent. For some years Sir John was a member or the Thorndoh Bowling OlubV'pl'evibusiy belonging to the Wellington Bowling Club. ■ ■ "
'.' Sir Joh'h Luke w.as'married ih 1880 to Miss Jaeobina M'Gfegor, daughter "of Mr. H. A. M'Gregor, formerly Government Inspector of Machinery. They celebrated their golden' woddirig in November of last year. He was Knighted in 1021. Lady Luke, who survives him, has also a .notable'record of service in public and*social affairs.
... Sir John Luke, is survived by his widow; four sons (Messrs. Jphn Peared Luke, George Luke,- and Francis -William Luke, of Wellington,, and Mr. Henry' Alexander 'Luke, of • Wanganui) ( and one daughter (Mrs. E. 11. Charles--worth, of Lower Hutt); ■ . ••,,•■..,
There will be a funeral service at St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral to-morrow at 11.15 a.m. The interment willbe pri-; vate.:' ■; •■; .:- '' : ; ''- .■■ ■■■'•":' , :-"'}-,
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WELL-KNOWN CITIZENS, Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 138, 8 December 1931
WELL-KNOWN CITIZENS Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 138, 8 December 1931
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