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THE NEW PARLIAMENT, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914
THE NEW PARLIAMENT
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES^ -Mi' Andrew Walker was born at North Berwick (Scotland), on October 7, 1860, and arrived at Port Chalmere with his parents in 1860 by the Storm Cloud on hor maiden voyage. Was educated at the old Stone School (Union street), under Mr Alex. Stewart, head master, and Mr (now Sir) Robert Stout. Obtained work in the the ‘Evening Star’ Office when between 13 and 14 years of age. and was the first apprentice indentured to the work of a compositor by the late Mr George 8011. Mr Walker’s association with the Labor movement lias extended over manv years. He has been secretary of the Otago Typographical Union for the cast 21 years, and was previously its president for four years and its secretary for two. Represented his union at the‘first New Zealand Trades and Labor Congress in Dunedin in 1885. Was a member of the Workers* Political
Committee, and served as a member of the first Dunedin Licensing Committee elected by popular vote. At the time there were between 80 and 90 licensed bouses in the City, and there was a consensus of opinion’that the number should bo reduced to the full extent allowed by the Reduction veto which was carried at the polls. This meant a 25 per cent, reduction. and the committee exercised their full powers, and in addition lowered the closing hour to 10 o’clock in all cases. Was also a member of the George Street School Committee, but for a short period only, having to resign owing to his removal from the school district. By virtue of having represented his union at typographical conferences in different centres of tho Dominion. Mr Walker is well known to the craft throughout New Zealand. Mr William Dowuie Stewart is the younger son of the late Hon. William Downic Stewart, and was born in Dunedin in FO7B. He was educated at the Otago Bovs’ High helmed and the Otago Unitrr'ilv, where lie graduated ns LL B. in 1900. In the same year he entered into partnership m the firm of Do-,vine hiewart and Pavne. In 1905 be unsuccessfully contested Dunedin South against'Mr •). F. Arnold. lie was elected to the Citv Council in 1997, 1909. and 1911. In 1913 be was elected Mayor of Dunedin after one of the most strenuous
contests on record. He ns joint author mi'li IVi'i.-issriv Le R-isststtml of Slate Socialism tu New Zealand,' which was piii'bshed in England ami America in J9LO. an 1 is reearded by leading economists as l lie titofl impartial study yet published of New Zealand conditions. He contributed a valuable preface to the English translation ol Siegfried’s ‘ Demoeraev in New Zealand,’ which was ptibb-bed this year. He has been a nictnbrr o i the University Council (repre-s'-nl'iig tin- I ity ( ouncilj for sonic years, and has lately been appointed a, director ol the National Insurance. Company and ■,n tne \\ eftpon. t o:il ( onipiny. .Mr J. W. Munro was. horn at Roslyn in 1370. is a baiter bv occupation, and for the pa-i mx wars lias (.anicd on a. business ot Ins own -in Noitli Dunedin. Ho
lias taken for more than a decade a prominent part in Labor affairs in this City ; was for lour years president of the local Bakers’ Union; and for was.rice-
president of the Trades and Labor Council, besides having filled the chair of tho Political Labor League. Ho sought election for Dunedin West in 1908 and in 1911, but was unsuccessful on both occasions. Mr James M’Coll Dickson was born in Victoria in 1858, and arrived in New Zealand when a lad; was educated in Victoria and Now Zealand. Ha was interested in the saw-milling industry for some years,
and then settled on the land on Otago Peninsula, where he has been engaged in farming pursuits for about 25 years. lie has for very many years taken an active interest in various public bodies; has served as chairman of the Portobello Road Board; and has been a member of the Otago Harbor Board for four years, being at present deputy-chairman of that body. Mr 0. H. Poole, who has regained -Auckland West for the Liberals, sprang into political fame in 1905 by heading the poll after a rather sensational campaign, in which his opponents advertised him as an unknown quantity by demanding “Who is Poole?" The advertisement succeeded beyond their expectations, and. Poole scooped the pool at two successive elections. On being defeated in 1911 he accepted an invitation to lecture through tile United States at what are known as the summer schools, returning to New Zealand early in the present year. He has always been an enthusiastic, worker in the temperance cause, and is natnrally an attractive speaker on the platform. Mr C. J. Parr, who is at present cc copying the mayoral chair of Auckland for the fourth terra, has been associated with the public life of that city for a number of years in various capacities, including the chairmanship of the Education Board. Since his association with civic government, first as councillor and later as Chief Magistrate, he assisted to carry out sonic of the most successful and farreaching of Auckland's municipal enterprises. Born at Cambridge. (Waikato) in 1869, he was, alter a. brilliant scholastic career, admitted to the Bar in 1899. and in 190-1 became a. member of the, legal firm of Parr and Blomficld. lie unsuccessfully contested Auckland West at the General Election of 1905. Last year he was created a C.M.G. for the part he took in the promotion of the Auckland Exhibition. Mr W. T. Jennings, who is again the member for Taumaranui. is web known in the printing trade, having years ago occupied a "frame" in the ‘Guardian' office; then he transferred himself to Auckland, where he was foreman in the ‘Star’ office when Mr Sodden, in .1892. gave him a "call" to the Legislative Council as a representative of Labor. In 1902 he icsigned his seat in order to contest Egniout for the Liberals, won it.,and sat in the House for'six years. On the subdivision of the electorate he was returned for the new constituency of Tanmarunni, but in a triangular contest he went under at the second ballot, hut yesterday ho turned the tables on Mr C. Iv. Wilson, who defeated hint on that occasion. Mr R. Fletcher is a native of St. Andrews, Scotland, and was educated at the Madras College in that city. After a period of service with the Midland Railway Company he went to sea and served Jits time in the Dundee Clipper Line of sailers. Arriving in Wellington in 1883. he sailed on the New Zealand coast for a time. He -subsequently entered the Wellington Harbor Board, fust in the pilot service and then on the wharves. In 18S0 he resigned, and joined the staff of AJ ess re Joseph Nathan and Co. Eight years later lie started business on his own account as a shipping and forwarding agent. In 19C6 ho was elected member of the 'Wellington Harbor Board at the head of the poll, and returned at each subsequent election by big inajoriue.-. In lg]o lie was elected chairman, and has held that position ever since, being elected annually. He has also been a member of I the Hospital Board and the Licensing I Bench, and has sat on tin* Wellington j City Council since 1907; at the las; two bi-armual ejections he was returned at the d *>t the- pol). The r ;rr inn a i under which, after winning the first bal- ! lot, he “went under" in 1911 are. too I fresh in the recollection of our readers to ) need recapitulation. I Air W. H. Hold, once again member I for Otaki. was bom at Wanganui in 1861. | He was elected for Otaki in 1900. mi the 1 deatli of lii.s bmthcr, the late Mr H. A. ! Field, and represented that constituency j in the Liberal interest until (hree years : ago. when ho was defeated by Mr J. i Robertson (Labor). On this occasion he I stood in the reform interest., and succeeded j in turning the fables on his opponent this time. Mr Field has for many years been a member of the Wellington ’Education Board and a Governor of the Wellington Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges. Mr .R. A. Wright, the elect of Wellington _ .Suburbs, a member of the, linn of Wright and Carman, printers, was hern at linuedin, and spent his early life at Hokitika. He has resided in Wellington for some 28 years. He has always been a strong Prohibitionist, and first came into prominence ns a speaker on the licensing question at the election of 1903. when he greatly assisted the return of the “10 o'clock closing" ticket. Mr Wright made his entry into a. wider sphere of politics in 1908. when he won the Wellington South seat in the Opposition interest.' In Parliament Mr Wright was always a. vigorous and outspoken critic of the Liberal Government. In the following election of 1911 he was defeated by Mr A. H. Hindmarsh. but did not retire from public life. He has been a useful memner of the. Wellington City Council for some years, and has .served on other local bodies. Mr David M‘Laron, the elect of Wellington East, was born at Paisley (Scotland) in 1868, and when 14 years of age arrived in New Zealand from Scotland. He lived in Dunedin nine years, engaged in the bootmaking trade. Going then to Wellington, he commenced the organisation of wharf laborers, and for several years j was the leading spirit on the local Trades Council. A» secretary of the Waterside Workers’ Union he aid good work, and j it was to his efforts that the federation of waterside workers was largely due. In j public life he was for several yoers a | prominent member of the Wellington City Council, and in 1912 was elected Mayor. He was defeated the following yepr by Air J. P. Luke. Air M‘Daren has always been an active leader in the management
and organisation of the Labor party, and rat in Parliament from ISOB to 1911 for Wellington East, where in 1911 he was defeated by only a small majority. He in one of the loading spirits of the United Labor party of New Zealand. Mr R. H. P. Hudson, the new member for Motuoka, is of considerable capacity, and has had much acquaintance with pttolic affairs* He settled in the district sis or seven years ago, from Ceylon, where h-i was a lea planter. As a fruit grower ho has devoted his energies to organisation, and has done much to place the industry on a sound business basis. He was in turn president of tho Motueka District Fruit-growers’ Union, president of tho Motuoka Fruit-growers’ Association, president of the Nelson District Fruit-grow-ers’ Association, and Latterly president of the New Zealand Fruit-growers’ Federation. For a man who has been a fruitgrower only for five, or six years, this is i a record that speaks for itself. -Mr J. T. M. Hornsby is one of the best-known pressmen in the North Island, and is an old parliamentary hand. His first essay in the political arena was made in 1884 (10 years after ho arrived in New Zealand), when he contested the Lakes with the Hon. Thomas Fergus, and be split the Liberal vote with Mr S. N. Drown, then residing at Cromwell. In 1895, while sub-editor of the Now Zealand ’’limes,’ he offered his services to the Wairarapa electors and suffered defeat by 355 voles by Fir (then Mr) Walter Buchanan. At the 1399 election he was, however, successful; in 1902 Sir Walter turned the tables, gaining the. seat by 55: but in 1905 Mr Hornsby bad a veritable triumph, winning by 500. Then came the Dairying Regulations and the debacle of 1911, winch were the means of resinring the gent to the Opposition, but ihD time Mr Hornsby has again been reserve,! for grievous disappointments. Thongli .i Liberal, be has pronounced tendencies towards sane. Labor. Mr f*. J. Talbot, who succeeds Mr Buxton as representative of Tcmuka in the Liberal intercut, is the eldest of 12 brothers, bis father being a. well-known and highly-respected fanner at Teimika. Boro at Rnngatira Valley (South Canterbury'! in 1873, be was educated in the public sriior.C of the district, and graduated from tin Timaru High School. "Since 1890 he Inn managed his father’s estate at Fnirlie. He has taken an active interest in all so. ial and religious work in his district; its an ardent supporter of the Defence system, about which he knows a great deal fu.ui actual experience; is a high official ot the L0.0.F. (American Order), and has own found time to dabble in journalism. Mr John Anstey is the eon of a Devonshire tanner. The first three years of bisojourn in the Dominion saw him folio.-. - jug general farm pursuits, and in 1880 h,became owner of a farm of 182 acies at Parcora. Tins he sold to advantage, and since 1889 he lias been the lessee of an educational .endowment at Betuvni.-lic! I (South Canterbury), where his heme i-. Jit 1905 Mr iScddon appointed him a nu m her of tite famous Land Commit.don, and two years, later tailed him to the Legislative Conn til. Two of his sous tire settled on the land at Sea down, near Timaru. While ii! the Council Mr Anftey was a recognised authority on taxation and land values. Mr T. A. Field, who has replaced the almost irrepressible Mr Atmore for Nelson. i.- a native of Bendigo (Victoria), and arrived from there in 1853. He has had considerable experience, having served on the City Council. Hospital Board, and Charitable Aid Board, and for three years filled the mayoral chair, besides filling the chair of the local chamber of commerce. Dr Thacker ha : reached his ambition at last. after repeated disappointment*. Coming TV<'in a pioneer family who were ant.mg the Canterbury Pllgiims, and who settled mi Hanks Peninsula. Educated at the Chrk-Jchmvh Boy;; - School. Canterbury College, and at Edinburgh and Dunlin.' he i.-turned to the Dominion and to k up pi a i tic- in (.'lirifU-liiirch. w here he hue resided ever since. He has served on u;e City Council, on tin; Tramways Board, and on the Lyttelton Harbor Board, in 1931 he 1 leaded the poll on tinfirst ballot, but was defeated hv Mr Da,vcy on tlic -r-i-mul. He is an ardent sports man. and it is an open M-cret tintt he was the financial hacker of Diehard ,-Vrn.w in all his championship matches. MAIDEN MEMBERS. The follow in.; enter tho Ilotc-c for the first time : Mr ( . .). PATH, Eden. Mr 1!. FI.K’D 'll MB. Wellington Central Mr B. i . HUDSON, Motueka. Mi T. H. A. FIELD. Nelson. _ Di fi 11-V-'KE'.!. ( hrist.-hn’.vb East. 1 .Mr C. TlUlliT. T-maka. I *Mv J. ANSTEY. Waitcki. i Mr W. 0. STKWADT. Dunedin W-.-t. 1 Mr J. W. MUNKO. Dun.-dit. ('em i :d. Mr A. WALKED. Dunedin North. Mr .1 M. DICKSON. Chalmers. 'T'ormtilv a member <>f LraiiHa.!ivc ('•cmcib ];l-;-EN'lBll>-'I In- .ollowing memh-.-ts rc! i.rn to •.ho Hens-, in 'Cm hj tb-y h--M -'-at- primI];.. 1.; I’aCi-.m. -’it ; - Mr C. !!. BOOLE. Auckland Wc.-t. Mi W. I. JENNINGS. Taiimaniuui. \li- J. I'. M HODNSf’.V. Wanaiapa. Mr W. 1!. V I ELD. -.lt aki M. I). M’l. AB I-.V. It cliington Ivasi. Mr A. Wilß HIT. 'Wellington Suburbs. REJECTS, The d.-fri-t ;-'l candidate' include the •oiIcwinr. who occupied scats in the la.-t Parlinm'-iil : 1 ])i BIT K (T- Kain'ihn- aI. I’.av of Island*., Mr C. is. WILSON. Taummunui. Sir W. I . BI'CHANAX. Wi-iraraj-a. Dm,. F. M. B FI IKE, Wellington Ccntr.il. Dr A. K. NEWMAN. Weilington Ea-.,t. Mr IE AT.MOKE. Nelson. Hon. P>. MTsENZJE. Motueka. Mr F. 11. SMITH. Tint am, Mr <l. M. THOMSON. Dunedin North, Mr C. K. STATHAM, Dunedin Central. FOBEEIT THE IE DEPOSITS. The following camlidales, having failed to poll otic-f'-urth of the number of votes recorded f..v tho .-.ur-wtsinl candidatot in the contests m which ih y were respectively engaged, forfeit their deposits of £llO each : Mr F. EAWUV. Parnell tretited aflei nomination). Mr .1. FURNESS, Raglan. Mr (I. SMITH. Gisborne. Mr H. \V. Slit IETEAND, T.mmaruimi. Mr B. B. WILLIAMS, Weilington South Mr O. JUR NEK. Wuhan. Mi- W. K. J. MAGLTBE, Dunedin We.-t Mr H. i HELEN. Buller. Mr G. S. THOMSON, Chalmers. GOVEP,NMEN J’ GAINS AND LOSSES. Gains. Losses. Nelson Auckland West Motueka. - Tatinnininui Wellington Ea>< Wellington Central Wairarapa Waitaki , ' Dunedin North Dunedin Central. PARTY DISPLACEMENTS. Government.—Mr Parr replaces Mr John Bollard (Eden) ; Mr R. A. Wright cite for Wellington Suburbs rice Mr W, H. D. Bell; Mr W. D. Stewart replaces the Hon. J. A. Millar for Dunedin West ; Mr J. M Dickson rep!a’era Mr E. H. Clark (Chalmers). Opposition.—Dr Thacker fits for Christchurch East vice- Mr Davry. This accounts for the five memberf of the late Parliament who djd not seek reelection.
THE NEW PARLIAMENT, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914
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