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This morning death removed one of the oldest and most esteemed settlers of the district, in the person of Mr Archibald McCallum, of Waterlea (Blenheim). Though deceased had | been indisposed for some time, the end camS unexpectedly. He was going the rounds of the grounds at his residence between nine and ten o'clock when the last illness seized him, and he returned to the house, j expiring almost immediately, the j cause of death being heart failure'- \ Mr McCallum was in his ?6'th year, his long life thus being contemporaneous with the. reigns or four British sovereigns. Ho. was born on December 20. 1829, in the reign of George IV., near Glasgow, and when 26 years of age bade farewoll to his native land, which he left in company with his parents and other members of their family. One of his most interesting reminiscences was that they embarked at Birkenhead for Liverpool on the same day that the Scots Greys (the famous 42nd) set put to play their brilliant part in the Crimean War. The emigrants did not hear of the fall of Sebastopol till some ten months afterwards, when they had reached Australia. The heat of Australia was not to their liking, and shortly after their arrival they sot out for New Zealand, selecting Nelson as their destination. They proceeded almost directly to the Wairau Valley, but did not settle down finally until reaching the Blenheim district, where, deceased has resided for about oO years. Going to work with characteristic energy, he succeeded in creating one of the finest and most valuable farm estates on the Wairau Plain, part of the property being in the Borough of Blenhdin, and the ncrthorn part being bounded by the Old Renwick Road. Adjoining this property are the farms; of his two brothers (Messrs John . and Duuoan McCallum) together with that left by his late brother-in-law (Mr McLaughlan), the whole forming a fertile agricultural block of 650 acres Deceased never took any active partin public matters, except that for one °l two te/ m« be occupied a seat on the School Committee. But he always displayed a keen interest in politics his sympathies being of the Liberal order. He was a great admirer of the land policy of the late Sir John MeKenzie—as was only natural, considering the fact that he left the old land for the very reason that prompted that statesman to seek fresh fields and pastures new. That is to say, he was dissatisfied with the Scottish tenantry system, and sought for tho opportuu-

ity of acquiring an independent footing on the land. Deceased's wife predeceased him some 15 years ago. Three sous and two daughters mourn |he loss of a worthy father, these .%ing Messrs Robert McCalluin (builder), Archie .McCalluni (President of tho Alarl- , borough A. and 11.I 1. Association), Richard McCallum (Crown Prosecutor), and Mrs A. McKay (Lower Wa'irau) and Mrs Hay (Ballance, N.L). Mr Donald McCallum, another son, died some years ago. Brothers of deceased are Messrs John and Duncan McCallum; and Mrs Fulton, of this district, is a sister. Two sisters, Mrs Greig and Mrs McLaugblin, have predeceased him. The late Mr McCallum'was one of the founders of the Blenheim Presbyterian Church, and was a man whose integrity of character gained him groat respect.

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OBITUARY., Marlborough Express, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 284, 29 November 1905

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OBITUARY. Marlborough Express, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 284, 29 November 1905