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THE LATE JUDGE GILLIES.

There was a large assemblage of members of the legal profession at the opening of this morning's sitting of the Supreme Court, when a tribute was paid to the memory of tho late Mr Justice Gillies.

Mr G. Cook, as senior member of tho Bar, addressed Mr Justice Williams, saying that before the business of the day was commenced it was fitting that some reference should be made to the recent sad event that had occurred at Auckland —he referred to the death of the late Mr Justice Gillies. He had been in failing health, more or less, for somo time past, but it was not anticipated that death would have put so rapid a termination to his career. He came to the colony some thirtyfive or thirty-six years ago, when not overweighted with wealth, but his energy and perseverance made up for that deficiency. Probab'y his character might be referred to as showing a bright example of what could be accomplished by well-directed energy. He seems to have entered into life in the country, but that sort of life was not suited to a mind like his, and he came to Dunedin, and addressed himself to the practice of the law. He soon becamo an important person, both socially and politically, in the small community of the place at that time, and for some time ho remained here doing great good for his fellow-men. He then went to Auckland, whore he practised successfully for several years in both politics and the law, becoming in time a member of the Legislature, and ultimately being raised to the Bench—a position which he filled without reproach and with somo credit. Down here his name had been associated with many matters, both public and private, and had become a household word, and he would be long remembered in Otago as in Auckland. He would be long remembered by the legal profession also, who felt that they and the public alike had by his death lost a vigorous-minded, active, and painstaking Judge. It was a matter that all would regret that he had been taken away at so comparatively early a period of his career.

His Honor said he thought it was very fitting that the Bar of Qtago should meet to express its regret at the loss that it and the colony had sustained in the death of tho lato Mr Justice Gillies. Mr Gillies was a true son of Otago—he came out hero as an Otago settlor, he studied law hero, he was admitted to tho Bar here, he made his first entry into public life hero as a member of tho Provincial Council of Otago; it was as a member for an Otago constituency that he first entered the House of Representatives, and it was also when ho was a member for an Otago constituency that he was raised to the office of Attorney-General for the colony. It was not for him (the speaker) to expatiate'on 'Mr (fillies's qualities as a Judge, but he thought ho might say this: Bench and the colony alike wi}l

miss liis vigorous common sense and the large business knowledge and capacity with which he was endowed. For himself he (the speaker) could truly say that he deeply regretted the loss of a man who had for fourteen years been to him a. faithful colleague und a sincere friend. Mr Gillies was raised to the Bench on the same day as himself—over fourteen years ago—and during the whole of the period since then they had not had even the shadow of a difference. He wits sure *hat the expression of the Bar's rvgi"-;, t.> u/iucii tiu-y h,v.l ;;ivi.;i utt'.'runc*, wrmu; i-.i.-lp f/> cr:7i3ob t! 1 ? jp.emii'jrs ■:£ Mr i-'i'iiss':: i:.fiiiiy ior the IciHti tii- y hi'.u svifit.';;r.L'(l m his dcrtth.

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THE LATE JUDGE GILLIES., Evening Star, Issue 7973, 31 July 1889

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THE LATE JUDGE GILLIES. Evening Star, Issue 7973, 31 July 1889

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