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Mr Alfred Gilbert, who for some years past has been secretary of the head office in New Zealand for the Mutual Life Association of Australasia, was on the 7th inst., on the eve of his departure from Wellington for London via Sydney, presented by the united staff of the institution in this colony with an address and a purse of sovereigns. Laudatory speeches were made of a very earnest kind, reciting the many services Mr Gilbert had rendered the Association, and dwelling upon the admirable relations that had always existed between that gentleman as chief secretary and tho New Zealand staff. . Mr Gilbert, in his reply, while naturally expressing gratification at the prospect of his new and enlarged sphere of duty in London, could not bu,t regret the parting with so many loyal adherents and sincere friends.

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PERSONAL., Issue 10417, 11 September 1897

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PERSONAL. Issue 10417, 11 September 1897

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