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The Hon. William Montgomery, who was at one time a prominent politician in New Zealand, _ died yesterday at his residence. Little River, Canterbury, aged 94. He arrived in the colony in 1860, and settled in Canterbury. Ho was a member of the Provincial Council, and hold the office of Provincial Treasurer for two years. Mr Montgomery was elected to tho House of Representatives for Akaroa in 1874. and represented that electorate for many years. He refused the office of Colonial Treasurer in the Grey Ministry of 1877. but when Sir Harry Atkinson 'became Premier Mr Montgomery was put forward as the Leader of the Opposition. On the formation of tho Stout-Vogel Administration he became 'Colonial Secretary and Minister of Education. Ho was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1892, and reappointed in 1339 for a second term. Mr* Montgomery was a keen educationist, and did much work in that direction. His son, Mr W. IT. Montgomery, sat in the House as member for Ellesmere, and married a daughter of the Hon. James Allen. A Sydney cable states that Captain Willcox. who died at Rotorua, was a prominent pastoralist. irrigationist. and sheep breeder in New South Wales. Mr J. R. Sinclair (the Nnv Zealand member of the Empire Trade Commission) reached Melbourne yesterday and is due in Dunedin next week. Mr E. F. Duthie. who has held an important position with tho New Zealand Express Company for some 15 years, is severing his connection a« from the 31st inst. In accepting-the resignation with regret, the board of directors placed on record their high appreciation of Mr Duthie’s valuable services to-.the company during his many year*' connection therewith.

On Sunday afternoon at Trinity Schoolroom the members of the Sunday afternoon and Monday evening Bible classes assembled- to say good-bye to Miss Lena Walton, who Is severing her connection with the Bible classes. Miss Walton, who has for several yeans taken a most active part in Bible class work, was made the recipient of a.Donlton fern bowl from the Sundav afternoon class, and a oefc of ebonyhacked hair brushes and hand minor suitably .inscribed from the Monday evening class. The Rev. W. Arthur Hay made the presentation, and *pok© of the excellent work daae by Mu* Walton.

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PERSONAL, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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PERSONAL Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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