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OBITUARY

MR. R. S. BLACK

The death occurred suddenly at Dunedin yesterday, of Mr. Robert Sheriff Black, a prominent citizen of that centre and well-known >in business circles throughout the Dominion. From 1906 onward he was a prominent figure in public life.

Born in Liverpool in 1868, he mi-

grated to Melbourne, where in 1884 he joined the service of the Colonial Bank of Australasia. He gained the diploma of Associate of the Banking Institute of Australasia, and in 1897 came over to New Zealand to begin business in the rabbit export trade; In 1917 he went to America to fight an embargo against rabbitskins, and was successful in having it removed.

The late Mr. Black entered public life when' he was elected a member of the Roslyn Borough Council in 1906. He contested the Dunedin Mayoralty in 1919, but was defeated by Mr. W. Begg. He was successful in 1929 and remained in office for four years. He was actively associated with many organisations, and all forms of sport received his enthusiastic support, notably lawn tennis and curling. He was married twice, and is survived by his widow. There were two sons and two daughters of the first marriage.

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OBITUARY, Evening Post, Volume CXXVII, Issue 3, 5 January 1939

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OBITUARY Evening Post, Volume CXXVII, Issue 3, 5 January 1939

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