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OBITUARY

HON. R. M°KENZIE

FORMER MINISTER OF CROWN

The death occurred in Wellington yesterday of the Hon. Roderick MeKenzie, a former Minister of Public Works, in his 82nd year. The late Mr. McKonzie was one of the prominent figures in the Liberal Party during its long term of office. Born in Eoss-shire, Scotland', in 1852, the late Mr. McKenzie was educated at Glasgow Academy. He entered the service of the /London and Glasgow Engineering and Shipbuilding Company, and later proceeded to the United States and Canada. Ho arrived in Now Zealand in 1892, and, after spending some time mining in Otago, ho did a considerable amount of bridge-building on the West Coast, where he became a member of the Westland Harbour Board and the Kumara Hospital Board. In 1893, ho won the Buller seat from Mr. Eugene O 'Connor, who was known as the "Buller Lion," and three years later won the Motueka seat, which he held until 1914, when he was defeated by Mr. R. P. Hudson. His first office in the House was that of Chairman of Committees, to which he was elected in 1912, in succession to the Hon. John! Millar. After the General Election in 190S he joined the Ward Government as Minister of Public Works and Minister of Mines, in succession to Sir William Hall-Jones, who proceeded to London to take up the High Commissionership. Mr. McKenzie later took over tho portfolios of Roads and Bridges and Customs. His practical experience as an engineer and contractor stood him in good stead during his term of office, which was marked by great activity, especially in the improvement of roads. His name is inscribed on the foundation-stone of the present Parlia-. ment Buildings. . ■• Following his retirement from Parliament, Mr. McKenzie carried on business as an engineer and contractor in Wellington, and was a prominent member of the West Coast Association. In December, 1932, he contested the Buller by-election unsuccessfully.

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OBITUARY, Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 87, 10 October 1934

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OBITUARY Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 87, 10 October 1934

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