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OBITUARY

SIR FREDERIC LANG

FORMER SPEAKER OF HOUSE

(By Telegraph.—Press Association.) AUCKLAND, This Day. The death occurred this morning of Sir Frederic Lang, a'former Speaker of the House of Representatives, at the age of 85. His health had been failing for some time. ■

The late Sir Frederic William Lang was in Blackheath in 1852, and came to New Zealand as a young man, settling on land at Tuhikaramea, in the Waikato district.' He first entered public life as a member of.the Tuhikaramea ' Road Board; the Waipa County Council, and the' Waikato Charitable Aid Board, and was for some years chairman of , the. County Council. He was first elected to Par-

liament in 1893 as member for Waipa. In 1896 the name of the electorate was altered' to Waikato,- arid .'.for this- district Sir Frederic continued to sit until 1905, when he was defeated by Mr. H. J. Greenslade. In the following year the Manukau seat became vacant-.through'the death\: of: Mr. M. W. Kirkbride, and Sir Frederid was returned at the by-election.-■: About this timehe disposed of his farm, and took up his residence in Onehunga. For Manukau he was ■ ■ re-elected in 1908 and 1911, his majority; in the latter contest being,one of the largest in the Dominion. Before the return of the Reform Party rto "power in'l9l2 he was the party's senior Whip. Then'for one session he filled the office of Chairman of Committees of the House, and in 1913, on the" death of Sir s Arthur Guinness, he succeeded to the Speakership. .: He was • created \ a Knight Bachelor in 1916, and held the Speakership until December, 1922, when he was defeated by Mr. W. J., Jordan. In 1924 he was called to the-Legislative Council, of which he was a member until 1931.. -. ■ ■:.,,'

Sir Frederic never .married. As a young man he was a keen footballer, and .represented the. Auckland Province. As Speaker of the House of Representatives he was noted for his general kindliness to members rather than for his strictness" of control.-.

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OBITUARY, Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 54, 5 March 1937

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OBITUARY Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 54, 5 March 1937

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