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MR. C. E. MACMILLAN

FORMER MINISTER OF THE CROWN

NOTABLE CAREER

(By Telegraph—Press Association.) TAURANGA, This Day. The death occurred this morning of the Hon. Charles Edward Macmillan, after eighteen months of indifferent health. Mr. Macmillan was born at St. Croix, in the Danish West Indies, and was the younger son of Captain Macmillan, a commander in the British Navy, and Mrs. Macmillan, who was a daughter of Baron de la Barca. He was educated at a boarding school in England and afterwards privately in New Zealand. As a result of heavy losses through negro insurrection at St. Croix in

1879, his father, who at that time was a sugar planter, decided to come to New Zealand. Upon arrival in 1881 he settled at Katikati. In 1900 Mr. Macmillan married Miss Ethel Latham, the elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Latham, then of Ngaruawahia, but formerly of Kurnool, Madras Residency, and settled at Katikati.

During his early years at Katikati he was elected to the Katikati Road Board. In 1900 he promoted a co"operative dairy company at Katikati, becoming director and secretary. He came to Tauranga in 1908 and soon after his arrival became director and secretary of the Tauranga Dairy Association. He was also chairman of the East Coast Shipping Company and secretary of the Bay of Plenty Jockey Club. He was Mayor of Tauranga from 1915 to 1917, and later a borough councillor, a county councillor, and a member of the Harbour Board.

At the time of his death he was Deputy Mayor and also a member of the Hospital Board.

In 1923, as a Reform candidate, Mr. Macmillan defeated Sir Joseph Ward in a by-election caused by the death of Sir William Herries. In 1932 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Mines. He was defeated at the 1935 election by a Labour candidate, Mr. C. H. Burnett.

Widespread regret is felt throughout the district at his death. He is survived by his wife, two daughters— Urania, a trained nurse, and Violet, organiser of country extension work at the Dunedin University—and one son, Latham, of Katikati. There are two sisters, Mrs. F. Johnston and Miss Lily Macmillan, of Tauranga.

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MR. C. E. MACMILLAN, Evening Post, Volume CXXXI, Issue 7, 9 January 1941

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MR. C. E. MACMILLAN Evening Post, Volume CXXXI, Issue 7, 9 January 1941

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