DEATH OF MR JOHN TINLINE.
Mr John Tinline, whose name has hop** a household V.oi-il iii Nelson and throughout thrt colony in connection with his scholastic brncfadions, «lie at Warwick Hp".*!c; Mj' s liViit-iijg, al the age. '<A 8T: . . ii'e,l):i*l ej-adual'y failed, owing i..*> .his rY.ai'iced age, and hi fiiiiliy took to. his bed about two o\ three .weeks ago, dying peacefully of general decline. For the last week of hi.' life l:i Was t-bite unconscious. The late Mr John Tinline was born in Jedburgh, Scotland,' in 1821. He was educated at the local Grammar School, uikloi- the Rat*. Alexander Burnet, arid, as a young man, passed three years in the office of Messrs Rutherford and Thomson, solicitors. Jedburgh. Mr Tinline left his native town on the 3rd of September, 1839. in the ship "Bengal," for Sydney, tc join his brother, Mr George Tinline, who had previously emigrated there as an accountant in the .Bank of Australasia. On, his afriral in Sydney, in January, 1840, Mr Tinline found that his brother had been moved to a branch of (he bank in Adelaide, so he lest no time in taking a passage for that town. Aft-r spending a . few. months on the survey, stall, ill .Adelaide, he emigrated to Wellington, New Zealand, where he arrived in September, 1840, and where his cousin, Air Robert Waitt, was in business as a merchant. In October of the same year Mr Tinline joined tho late Major Dnrie, and the partners opined up a business as storekeepers on Lambton Quay. Early in 1842. when the settlement of Nelson was under way, 31 r Tinline, at the instance of his partner and Mr Waitt, went tc Nelson with a cargo of goods, to be in time for the arrival of the first settlers. He established a .general merchant's business in Nelson, under the name of Waitt and Company, but unfortunate ly, in November, 1842, tho warehouse belonging to himself and Major Dunlin Wellington, was totally destroyed by fire, by which the partners lost all they possessed. Mr Tinline then remained in Nelson for some time tc wind up the .business of Waitt and Company. Early in. 1844 Governor FiUroy arrived iii Nelson, and in making his appointments, selected Mr Tinline for the position of Clerk of the Magistrate's Court,- and Native Interpreter. Mr Tinline remained in the Government service till the end of 1852. He filled several important offices, and did his share of arduous work of building up the prosperity of the province. In 1853 Mr Tinline tunhed nis attention to sheepfarming, which he subsequently carried on on an extensive scale, and he was extremely successful in all his undertakings. He has owned several large runs, such as Weld's Hill, Green Hills, and Ferniehurst, in Marlborough, md Lyndon in Amuri. Lyndon contained 'upwards of 80,000 acres, about 50,000 acres of which were freehold, md the whole, including 40,000 sheep, was sold by Mr Tinline to Messrs D. md A. Macfarlane, of Amuri. Mr Tinline was also ths holder for the past ten years of the Wangapeka run, which was sold to the Government recently. In 1881 the Gladstone run. Upper Awa tiri, was acquired by Mr Tinline. During his life Mr Tinline has always taken a large interest in the leading I questions of the day, but on account of the extent of his personal enterprises. I he has been unable to spare the time demanded by an active part in politics. However, when he resided in Amuri, he was elected Chairman of the Bench of Magistrates, and was also Chairman of the Road Board and School Committee, and was the chief means of getting the railway extended as far as Culveiden. and the telegraph up to the 'Waiau. Mi Tinline has taken a liberal and practical interest in education, and has founded three scholarships bearing his name, two for the boys and girls of Nelson and Marlborough, to enable them to at tend the Nelson Colleges, and one foi the University of New Zealand, open to all competitors. In later years, while on a visit to Scotland, Mr Tinline pre sented his native place, Jedburgh, with a public park, and in turn was presented with the freedom of tho town and other souvenirs of his memorable visit. Mr Tinline was known throughout New Zealand as a man of generosity and kindly feeling, and although of a ' retiring disposition his life has been a strenuous one, full of hard work and early reverses, which have been surmounted by his indomitable will.
The late Mr Tinline had an adventurous career as a pioneer and surveyor. He was the first white man to travel from Nelson to Marlborough, in company with a native boy, and he was almost the first white man to go from Wanganui to Wellington during the Maori troubles. On behalf of the Government he bought from the natives the site of the town of Pieton, and he was the only survivor of the original purchasers of land in the Wairau. During the past twelve years Mr Tinline had his home in Nelson, but he made two or three visits to the Old Country and travelled about the colony on various occasions.
The relatives of the late Mr John Tinline consist of a sister, Mrs Murray, of South Australia, a nephew and niece in Great Britain (Teignmouth), son and daughter of his brother Oeorge, and a nephew, Mr J. G. R. Murray, his sister's son, now on his way to Nelson from Sydney.