The following are brief biographical notes of the new membtvs of the Council:— MR. M. BRIGGS. Mr. Mark Briggs is • a "native of ■Yorkshire and came to New Zealand 30 years ago. In 1915 he founded the •Empire Auctioneering Company in •Palmerston North, where he has been 'in business #ver since. He has always : been a staunch supporter of the ■Labour Party, which he joined shortly -after his arrival in New Zealand. Sixteen years ago he married Miss ■ Burrell, of Queenstown, and he has one daughter. . MR. T. BRINDLE. Mr. Brindle was born in Lancashire, England, where, before coming to New Zealand in 1910, he was actively 'engaged in propaganda work for the Independent Labour Party in, various industrial districts. Ever since his arrival in the Dominion he" has been ■ closely associated with the Labour .Party. He is on the executive of the . New Zealand Labour Party—a position he has held for some years—and was for four years in succession president. He was elected to the Wellington City Council in 1933, and again in 1935. He is a member, of the Wellington Technical College Board, of Governors. He unsuccessfully contested the Gisborne seat'in 1919 and 1922, the Nelson seat in 1925, and 'the Wellington Suburbs seat in 1928 and 1931. .-MR. M.'CONNELLY. Mi*. Connelly was born at Kakarajnea, Taranaki, but at an early age he
removed to the West Coast of the South Island. He followed mining for a few years* after which he joined the railway service. Mr. Connelly became identified with the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, occupying every position in that organisation, including the Dominion presidency. He has been a member of the Railway Superannuation Board for the past nine years, and is a former representative on the Railway Appeal Board. He was one of the founders of the only Labour daily newspaper in New Zealand, "The Grey River Argus." He contested the Chalmers seat in 1925 in the interests of the Labour Party. He has been associated with various bands in the Dominion, having been a member of the Port Nicholson Silver Band when it was formed. In sport he played senior Rugby football on the West Coast for a number of years. MR. J. COTTER. Mr. J. Cotter was one of the founders of the Hinuera Co-operative Dairy Co., Ltd., and was one of its first directors. He served for a period as chairman of directors, and is still a member of the board of directors. He is also a member of the South Auckland Dairy Association. Mr. Cotter was born in County Cork. Ireland, and came to New Zealand with his parents sixty-seven years ago. He first lived at Coromandel and Waihi, where he was engaged in gold mining. He took up farming at Hinuera twenty-five years ago. MR. ,T. F. DOYLE. Mr T. F. Doyle was born at Invercargill on June 16, 1893, and received his education at Bluff Public School and a convent school. He was apprenticed to the marine engineering profession, and followed that profession for twenty-nine years, many of which were spent in the Mataura, Bluff, and Ocean Beach Freezing Works. Mr. Doyle first entered local politics in 1919 as a councillor of the borough of Bluff He has served for two terms as Mayor of Bluff, from 1931 to 1935, but did not seek re-election this year. In 1933 he was elected representative of the borough of Bluff on the Bluff Harbour Board, and he was re-elected at the last election by a large majority. Since his boyhood he has been associated with the Labour movement, and for several years he held, the office of secretary to-the Bluff branch of the New Zealand- Labour Party, of which ■branch he is a foundation member. MR. E. DYE. Mr. E. Dye has for a number of years been president of the Ohinemuri j- Mines and Batteries Union. His assor ciation with the mining industry, has extended over many years, and he has worked chiefly as a member 'of an underground contract party in recent years. In addition to. mining he has engaged in farming. As a miner he has been held in high regard by the workers and mining companies generally. MR. J. GOOD ALL. Mr. James Goodall has "been associated with unionism on ■ the West Coast for half a century, also taking part in •public life in various capacities. He was bom in 1862 in Nelson. He took a leading part in the formation of the Greymouth Watersiders' Union, being the first president. He was among those victimised over the 1890 strike, but after three years he regained waterside work and aided in the restoration of unionism, becoming vicepresident, then president, and finally secretary, till 1913, when the big strike resulted in a break-away and the formation of a new union, and Mr. Goodall was again among those obliged to look elsewhere for employment. He was then chosen as secretary for.the Westland Engine Drivers' Union, also the Shop Assistants', Hotel and Restaurant Workers' Union, positions which he still holds. For a quarter of a century he has been secretary of the Greymouth Labour Representation Committee, assisting as organiser to secure Mr. P. C. Webb's first Parliamentary victory and -other Labour victories. He has a long record of local body service. ' He has been a director of the "Grey River Argus" Company for eighteen, years. MR. G. R. HUNTER. Mr. G. R. Hunter was associated with the Prime Minister (the Hon. M. J. Savage) in Australia before he came to New Zealand. He has been a lifelong friend of the Hon. P. C. Webb, and on arrival in the Dominion took up mining with Mr. Webb at Denniston. In 1910 he was elected secretary of the State Miners' Union, and held the position for several years. He was then appointed the first town clerk of the borough of Runanga, West Coast. Later he organised a co-opera-tive mine with Mr. Webb. About twelve years ago Mr. Hunter came to Christchurch and entered business with Mr. Webb, forming the Point Elizabeth-Coal Company, of which he is now manager. Mr. Hunter has served on the City Council, and is a member of the Christdhurch Drainage Board. MR. F. E. LARK. Mr. F. E. Lark has been prominently associated with the Labour movement in Auckland and in other parts of New Zealand for a number of years, and particularly in recent years has worked on behalf of the unemployed. He was elected a member of the Auckland City Council last year and is also a member of the Auckland Transport Board, of which he is deputy chairman. MR. B. MARTIN. Mr. B. Martin, who is Deputy Mayor of Auckland, has had a long association with the Labour movement in Auckland. He came to New Zealand from England 30 years ago at the age of 16, and had been educated at Christ's Hospital College. He soon associated himself with the Labour movement in Auckland, and became secretary of a number of trade unions and a leading industrial advocate. Mr. Martin was elected a member of the Auckland City Council in 1931, but lost his seat in 1933. He was re-elected to the City Council last year. One of his greatest interests has been the Workers' Educational ■ Association. MR. W.-MOFFATT. Mr. W. Moffatt (Rangi ivfawhete), whose grandfather was Te Awe Awe, a famous Maori chief of the Rangitane tribe in. the Manawatu district, was born at Palmerston North and was educated at'Te^ute College. He was for many years in business as a land and estate agent, and. retired some years ago. He is well known as a Native interpreter. . MR. J. A. McCULLOUGH. Mr. J. A. McCullough is a native of Belfast, Ireland, and was born in 1860. He arrived in New Zealand in 1880, and worked as a stoker in steamers, as a waterside worker, and as a stoker in the Christchurch Gas Company's works. Later he secured a position as tinsmith in the Addington railway workshops. In 1907 he was dismissed for breach of an unknown regulation forbidding railwaymen to take an active interest in politics. In 1908 he was appointed workers' representative on the Court of Arbitration, and held the position until September 5, 1921, when he resigned. When nominations were called to fill the vacancy practically every union in the Dominion nominated Mr. McCullough, this being the method adopted by the unions to mark their approval of his action in resigning. Mr. McCullough found it impossible to accede to this practically unanimous decision, and he forwarded his resignation for the second time on November 25, 1921. MR. B. C. ROBBINS. Mr. B. C. Robbins is a prominent resident of Tauranga and formerly was
Mayos- of the borough. He was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and after his arrival in New Zealand became a dairyf' factory proprietor at Hawera. He was jprominently associated with local bodies in Hawera and at Wanganui. He has Contested both the Egmont and Taur/anga seats for the House of Representatives. SIR CHARLES STATHAM. , ijne Hon. Sir Charles Statham. was boip at Dunedin in 1875. and. is the eldest and only surviving son of/ the Rep-. Canon Charles Hadfleld Statham. Hei! was educated at Park's School, Difliedin, the Cathedral Grammar Sctoool, Christchurch, and the Otago BcJiys' High School. He entered commfercial life, and was trained as an accountant, but he studied law and beCfime a solicitor in 1901. He was admitted as a barrister in 1906, and practiced in Dunedin. In 1911 he was elacted a member of the Dunedin City Qouncil, retiring in 1913. He was first eilected to the House of Representatives fibr Dunedin Central on December 7, lifoll, and represented the electorate Continuously until last election, when fee announced his retirement. He was Elected Speaker in 1923 and will relinquish the position when his successor us elected this month.
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES, Evening Post, Volume CXXI, Issue 59, 10 March 1936
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