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OBITUARY

MR. QUENTIN DONALD

(By Telegraph.) (Special to the "Evening Post.") MASTERTON, This Day. Mr. Quentin Donald, one of the bestknown stud stock breeders and local body members in New Zealand, died at his home, "Alloa," Tauherenikau, this morning. " Mr. Donald, who had only been ill for a brief period, was born in South Featherston on September 13, 1868, being the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Donald, pioneer Wairarapa settlers. He married Miss Alice Ford, of Dunedin, and throughout his life he followed farming pursuits, achieving singular success with Romney sheep and Clydesdale horses. His show

successes were Dominion-wide and over a long period of years Donald' sheep have been recognised as some of the finest in the country. At Master- j ton and other stud ram fairs his sheep ! invariably commanded top prices. Mr. Donald was widely Known for his many fine personal qualities, and there was probably no more highly respected or esteemed resident of the. Wairarapa. He always took a keen intrest in local body affairs. In 1908 he was elected to the Featherston County Council and in 1919 was appqinted chairman,, a position from which he retired last May. At the time of his death he was still a member of the council. When he retired from the chairmanship glowing tributes were paid to his years of sterling service and he was made a presentation by his fellow-councillors. He also had lengthy service on the Main Highways Board. Kacing claimed much of the late Mr. Donald's interest and he was elected a steward of the Wairarapa Racing Club in 1896. He was elected a vice-president in 1907, and from 1933 until his death he was president of the club. Since 1906 he had been one of the Racing Club's trustees. He was elected a member of the Council of the New Zealand Romney Marsh Sheepbreeders' Association in 1917, and from 1926 to 1930 he was president of the association. He was still a member of the council at the time of his death. He was vice-president of the New Zealand Clydesdale Horse Society oveY a period of years and was president for two terms. In 1903 he was elected, a member of the South Wairarapa River Board and in 1925 he was elected chairman, a position he held for ten years. He was still a member of the board at the time of his death. : Since 1917 Mr. Donald had been a director of the Featherston Co-opera-tive Dairy Co. and had been on the council of the Royal Society since its inception. For two years he was I president of the Wairarapa A. and P. Society, and from 1915 to 1917 he was president of the Masterton A. and P. Association. He had been twice act- j ing chairman of the Scientific Research Council, and from 1927 he had been on the management committee j of the Dairy Research Council? He had been a director for many years of the Co-operative Dairy Produce Freezing Co., and was also a trustee of the i Penrose Training Farm. His services ' had been in keen demand as a judge at shows throughout New Zealand. Mr. Donald is survived by his widow and three sons, Messrs. Quentin (Martinborough), and James and lan (Tauherenikau). Messrs. Quentin and James Donald are widely known as All Black representatives. There is one brother, Mr. David Donald (Masterton), and two sisters, Miss Bessie Donald (Featherston) and Mrs. W. G. Hodder (Featherston).

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OBITUARY, Evening Post, Volume CXXVI, Issue 100, 25 October 1938

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OBITUARY Evening Post, Volume CXXVI, Issue 100, 25 October 1938

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