MR. DAVID JONES
FORMER MINISTER OF CROWN
Mr. David Jones, a former Minister of Agriculture and first chairman of the New Zealand Meat Producers' Board, died in a private hospital in Wellington today after a short illness. Mr, Jones had lived more or less in retirement since January of last year, when he resigned from the Executive Commission of Agriculture, of which he had been a member since 1935.
Mr, Jones was born at Templeton, in Canterbury, in 1874, the son of one of the earliest settlers in the district, and was engaged in farming in that province for. most of his life. He was
associated with the formation of the Canterbury branches of the Farmers' Union, and at the outbreak of the last war was appointed a member of the Wheat Board. .
Outside his political career, he was best known for his work in connection with the New Zealand Meat Board, whose activities he directed for many years as chairman. He was chairman of the Parliamentary Committee which recommended the establishment of the board, and when the board was set up in 1922 he was appointed its chairman. He continued in that position without a break until 1931. when he was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Mines in the Coalition Cabinet. In the same year, however, he was defeated at the election, and on relinquishing his Cabinet post, he again was elected chairman of the; Meat Board. He resigned from the board in 1935 to take up a position as member of the Commission of Agriculture. He represented the Meat Board at the 1932 Ottawa Conference, and went to London on several occasions in connection with shipping freight contracts and other matters.
He had a varied political career. He first entered Parliament in 1919 as the member for Kaiapoi, but three years later he was defeated by the Hon. D. Buddo. In • 1925. however, he came back into the House as member for Ellesmere. In 1929. the Ellesmere electorate was abolished, and he successfully contested the Mid-Canterbury seat, which he held until the 1931 election, when he stood unsuccessfully as a Reform Coalitionist.
Mr. Jones's wife predeceased him in August, 1937.; He leaves a family of four daughters1 and one son. The daughters are Mrs. A. W. Leithead, of Christchurch, Mrs. B. Lynch, of Paraparaumu, Mrs. J. Cory, of Auckland, and Miss Millicent Jones, of Wellington. The son is Mr. D. J. Jones, who is farming .at Dunsandel. in- Canterbury.
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MR. DAVID JONES, Evening Post, Volume CXXXII, Issue 73, 23 September 1941
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