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The death occurred at Christchurch on Saturday night of Mr W. Strange, who over 50 years ago established the business of Strange and Go., drapers. In 1882 ho retired from the huainesa and went in foe sheep-farming Ho had. two stations—one at Sehvyn and the other at Ashburton. In 1892 he again took charge of the, drapery business in Christchurch, but still retained Ids interests in the stations. Mr James Mackenzie, Under-Secretary of Lands, returned on Saturday from Southland, where, with the Southland Commissioner of Crown Lands, he had been inspecting run country with a view to subdivision and interviewing settlers on the rjue-stion. Mr Mackenzie aleo with the Inspector of Forests and Scenic Reserves, Mr Phillips-Turner, examined the State nurseries at Tapanui and tha Dusky Hill and Conical Hill plantations. He leaves for Christchurch to-morrow on somewhat similar work, and will probably reach Wellington again about the end of the week. Tiie- death occurred yesterday of Mr .John Tennant, who for a long time was n prominent figure in the Customs Department of this City, having held the position of chief clerk for many years. The deceased gentleman was born in Scotland in 1835, and came out to Xew Zealand in a passenger ship during his youth, so that he was one of the early settlers of this province. He joined the Customs Department in May of 1859, and was promoted six years later to be chief clerk, a position which ho hold up to the time of his retirement on superannuation in 1900. Mr Tennant made two trips Home after his retirement from the public service, and on the last occasion married again, but on the death of his wife some three years ago he returned to Dunedin, where ho has since resided. The members of his family who survive him are Mrs James Park, of this City, and Mr J. S. Tennant, of Wellington.

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PERSONAL, Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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PERSONAL Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914