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THE UPPER HOUSE.

i THE NEW APPOINTMENTS. pe\ pifpnip? or "lord^" Yesterday the Got eminent announced the names, of thoncw Legislative Councillors. . The following short biographies should boiiif interest 'to the general reailor:— ,!' ho'n. E; w/Xusok:' The Hon. Alison" was born in Auckland in 1855; and as a young man engaged in several business ventures before,' beconring;;found?r of the Devonport Steam Perfy Company, the success of which his been to a largo degree attributable to his unflagging energy and ijusincss acumen. When twenty-three vent' of age lie became a member of the Waitemata County Council, and was elected as one of the first councillors of rDevnnport when the borough was foftned;' subsequently Holding office as Mayor for five years in succession. In 1902: he was elected as member of the Representatives for Waitemata, 1n too interests of the then Opposition, and"; the present Beforni Party. Mr Alisgn is a member of the Harbour Board, and is well Lknown as an ■enthusiastic sportsman. He was one of;: the founders of the Takapuna Jockey Club, of which he is now president. ;He is one of the directors of the Taupiri Coal Mines, Limited, and is chairman; of the- Auckland Coal Trade Committee, appointed by the Government in tbonniddle of last year. HON. D. T. FLEMING. The Hon. D. T. Fleming is known in public life chiefly on account of his activities in tho cause of education. He has been charrmlin of the Otago Education Board for some years. He was for n number of years editor of the Clutha r Leader, published at B'alclutha, and was Reform organiser during last election campaign, but for the past four or five years he has been carrying on business in Balclutha as im agent and valuator. HON. A.;L. D,' FRASER. The Hon.' A. ■;£. D. Fraser was bom in Kaiapoi over;uO years ago, ami was educated at the;: Boys' High School, Christehurch. After leaving school he adopted the teaching profession, and for some time was' in charge of the Frazertowu (Wairoa) School, after which Mr James Carroll (now Sir James), recognising young Eraser's abilities ,seeured his services as clerk to assist him in Land Court work, and subsequently MrJ Fraser took up the ./profession of Native Land Court advocate on his own and established himself in Hastings close on thirty vears ago. In l?9fi he contested the . Hawke's Bay seat against Sir William Russell (then Captain Russell), but was defeated, and in". 1899 he was returned for Napier,against Mr R P. D. McLean. He sat for that-constituency for nine i years consecutively until he was defeated by the present member, Mr J. Vigor Brown, He never sought municipal or county honours.,;He ..was./very, erate to the National Government, following the vacancy caused by the death of Mr Mac Nab." He retired from eontest to give Sir John Findlay, the National Cabinet candidate, a free field. HON.XB.GOW. The Hon. J. B, Gpw is a.farmer at Opotiki, in the Bajvbf Plenty district, A son of the Rev. J/;Gow, he was born in Scotland in ISG2-and educated in ..Dunediii. He went to, Opotiki in 187 S. In 1911 he was a candidate for Parliament in the Reform interests, being defeated by the Hon. W. D. S. MacDonald for the Bay of Plenty seat by a small majority. He. is a prohibitionist. , THE HON. J. GRIMMOND. The Hon. Joseph Orimmond a leading West Coast Liberal,.who.is. Mayor of Ross, is a veteran politician and gold digger, of seventy-five years of age. He was fleeted as a member of t'he House of Representatives in 1887, and retained Ms seat till'lß9o, wkeu he was defeated;i)?,.Mr R l . J. Seddon, who obtained a of R3B votes. He contested tne seat in 1896, but again suffered defeat at the hands of Mr Seddon. MivGrahimond is an Irishman by birth. In fea7, at the age of sixteen years, helped in Melbourne, and worked on tiie*goldfields at Ballarat and Creswick. jThe discovery of gold at Gabriel*j.silly. attracted him to New Zealand';; He afterwards followed various p{tfssts, and then went to the West Cofisr£"Joe," as he is familiarly know% erected mining inaehinev at Ross jtnd'.R'eefton, and also engaged in the it-injber industry. For pome time, he actedr'as manager of the Bos 3 United tioluV Mining Company, and also had considerable 1 interest in other mining ventures. He has always taken the keenest .interest in local affairs, and has been Mayor of Ross for n dozen years without a break. As ft member of the Canterbury Education Board he visits Christcliurch every month, and it is recorded that the al- -. ways walks the hilfat the Otira Gorge. HON. G. J. GARLAND. ' The Hon. G. J. Garland, is well known in public life in Auckland. He came to the Dominion with 'his parents in lb lift, and after seafaring life for geven or eight .year's,, he -eommenredfarming on a property formerly bobnging'to his father, 'Jhe.ktc Mr Henry Garland, at Awhitu/ ■ Up to IS9B, when he retired from active farming, he was identified with a number of district local bodies, and for several years was chairman of the local Road Board and School ComniitjMiHe has been a resident of Aucklaßof. twenty years, and for some tiineßhceii in business as a land and esWpgenl; He has been a member of thepspitaland Charitable Aid Board for two years, and he has presided as chairman of the Auckland Education Board for'nearly seven years. He'was folivscven years a member and'Deputy-Mayor of the Grey i .Lynn Borough Council, and after the of the borough in Greater Auckland, he sat for two years on the City' Council,. He also saw, service fci

four years on the-old ; School "Commissioners' Board, and was the first ;hon, secretary of the .Dominion Executive, of the New Zealand Fartners? Union, .besides being proviiiciaV|secrcfary for, eight and a-half years. Mr' Garland has always been lui ardent, supporter of the Reform Party in politics, having, been a prominent worker for the party since its inception, and was the first Dominion secretary of the movement, THE, HON. C. LOUISSON. .. The' Hon, Cha'rle!? Louisson went from Victoria to Christehurch in 1865, and went, to the Coast, where- he resided for six years. On returning to Christehurch in 1871 he. was for ten years a member of the City Council, and was-four times elected as Mayor, of the city. Since then lie has Been' connected with many public- bodies in Christchnrnh, and has been chairman of the Hospital Board. He has been for over fifty years a member of the' Masonic fraternity, and has occupied the position of Provincial Grand Master of Canterbury under the Scottish Constitution. Ho is at present managing director of the Crown Brewery Company. The Hon. Charles Louisson has been for many times president of the Christehurch Jewish, congregation. Mr Louisson was first appointed to tho Legislative' Council on December 22nd, 1900. HON. W. J. GEDDIS. The Hon. W. J. Geddis is a native of Auckland, where he was educated, and where ho obtained the greater part of his journalistic. experience. He served his apprenticeship to journalism .on the staff of the Auckland Star, with which he was associated for many years. From the sub-editorial chair' of the Star, Mr Geddis became part proprietor ami editor of the New Zealand Observer, a weekly illustrated paper of which he is still part owner, That venture proved a success, but Mr Geddis wished to re-enter daily newspaper/ work, and several years ago ho obtained an interest in the Napier Daily Telegraph. He took up his residence in Napier at the same time, in order to supervise his new venture. About live years ago he was appointed managing director and editor of the New Zealand Times, which position he still holds. He is in the full sense of the term a trenchant critic,* and has been particularly severe on Defence administration, the National Government's do-nothing policy, and also the flabby Liberalism of recent years. He has at his disposal what Matthew Arnold would have called "a downright serviceable prose." One wonders if the great Liberals expect him to be more gentle in the Council than lie has been in the editorial chair. Mr Geddis is also an old Parliamentary Gallery hand with a good record. HON. A, F. HAWKE. 1 The Hon. Archibald F. Hawke is one of Southland's prominent business men, He was borii 'iii 1863 at Stirling, Port Augusta, South -Australia, where his father owned 7 a;,statipn. Ten years after the family came over to New Zealand and settled in Invercargill, and as a youth Mr Hawke joined the National Mortgage and Agency Co,, Ltd., when that firm opened business in Invarcargill in May, 1878. Later on he went to the Christehurch office of the company as*'accountant, and after two years was transferred to the Dunedin office, where he was salesman for four and a-half years. In IS9O he went to Invercargill to take over the management of the local branch, and has held that position for twenty-eight years. Outside of business, Mr Hawke has alway identified himself with pastimes and recreations. He wan for fifteen years a member of the Gladstone Bor- ! ough Council, serving as Mayor for nearly the whole time. He has been actively connected with many local bodies, and was for three years chairman of the Bluff Harbour Board. Mr Hawke's two sons are both in New Zealand Expeditionary Forces—Lieutenant Archie Hawke with the Held artillery, and Sergeant, Robert Hawke with the New Zealand infantry. Both are in the firing line. HON. C. 11. IZARD. The Hon. Charles H. Izard is a barrister, of Wellington,.a member of the firm of Messrs Izard and Weston. He is a son of Mr Charles Beard Izard, who represented Wellington in the House of Representatives from 1887 to 1880. Mr IzardWas elected to the House for Wellington as a Liberal candidate in 1905, when he defeated the late Mr John Duthie. He .represented the electorate for only three years, and when the next election was held in 1908 Mr (now Mr Justice) Herdman won the seat, and held it until his retirement a few months ago. HON. GEORGE JONES. The Hon, George Jones, who is now reappointed to the Council, is a well-known newspaper man, He is a good violinist—at the age of twelve'he made his debut as a ,violin solist at Geelong, and is a musician of no mean ability. Te has had considerable I experience of Parliamentary affairs. He was M.H.R. for Waifaki in 1880, and was first called to th'e Council in 1895, again in 1902, and subsequently in 1909. He was born in the Hntt Valley, and is ■seventy-four years of age. He in Christehurch in 1863, and was employed iii the Press and Lyttelton j Times Office, He founded many news- j papers, and has known the lips and downs of the enterprising spirit. He founded thc'Waikato Times in 1870, the Auckland Echo in 1872, and the Evening News, Dunedin, which died prematurely. He is now tho proprietor of the Oamaru Mail, and is interested in the Southland News. Mr Jones first gained political prominence in 1877, ' when he wrote an article charging the ' then Attorney-General (the late Sir Frederick Whitaker) with bringing in a Native iW Bill to facilitate the acquisition of land 1 for; himself and friends. This "caused a hiillaballoo, and' 1 . Mr Jones was summoned to appear at the Bar of the House, Ho declined to Withdraw. L>tyr' the question was dis

posed of in tho Law Coutts, Mi Jones finally being acquitted IV Ciown paid out £2IOO foi legal expciibes Minost immediate!} aftei ho was elected to the lloilse as member' for Oamaru, but had to lesign owing to ill health, being succeeded In the hte Hon . T.Y.Duncan. Mr Jones' is a keen politician nndia staunch Prohibitionist. THE HON. H, L. MICHEL, The Hon. 11. L, Michel is a prominent Hokitikn merchant, and one of the founders of the firm of Messrs Patterson, Michel, ahd v Co, He is one of the most prominent public men on the West. Coast. He- has taken a keen interest in municipal affairs, and was for many years a member of thc-Holritika , Borough Council, and also Mayor. He takes an active part in educational affairs, and was for several years a members of the Vestland Education Board, and High School Board; His other activities include membership ofthe Hokitikn Harbour Board and Charitable Aid Board, He is one of the- most prominent firemen in the and is a past president of thejfire Brigades' Association of New Zealand, On: two occasions he contested the Westland seat against Captain T. E. T, Seddon, but suffered defeat by a small As a supporter of the Reform Party, he also' twice contested the Grey, seat, unsuccessfully. .Mr Michel is a native of Newcastle, New South Wales, and was born in 1858. He went to Holdtika when quite a youth, and -lias lived there ever since. HON SIR J. R, SINCLAIR, The Hon. Sir J. It. Sinclair was formerly a member of the Dunedin legal 6rm of Smith, Chapman, and Sinclair, ,He retired some years ago, He always took a prominent part in educational matters, being for many years chairman of the Otago High Schools Board of Governors. Ho • was a member of the Empire Trade Commission! He took no particular part in public affairs in Dun- i edin. He is sixty-eight years of age, ] HON. W.'STEWART. The, Hon.' William Stewart is an Irishman by. birth, having been bom in Comity Antrim fifty-three years ago, He has always been closely connected with the township of Kawakawa, North Auckland, He has large commercial interests in that place, where he is regarded as a power in the welfare of the town. He; has -been chairman of the Bay of Islands County Council, and chairman of the Bay qf Islands Hospital and Charitable Aid Board. Lately he retired from business to engage in farming pursuits. Mr Stewart silently served in the House of Representatives as a sort of political warming-pan for the Bay of Islands seat while/Mr Vernon Reed, its former occupier as a sunporter of the Reform Party, marked time during the period of his technical disqualification as a candidate at the 1914 election. Immediately thai period was .oyer Mr Stewart.. to pressure of private business, and Mr Reed was forthwith re-elected without difficulty. HON. W. H. TRIGGS. The Hon, W. 11/ Triggs, editor of the Press, Christehurch, is sixty-three years of age, and has a wide experience of journalism at Home and in New Zealand. He entered the profession at seventeen years of age, and had six vears' experience'in London, He came to New Zealand in 1878, under engagement to the Wellington Post, and succeeded the late Mr, C. Raus-Marten as ■nib-editor of that journal. In his time he was a keen Gallery man at Parliament, and served as correspondent for several New Zealand and Australian papers. In 1885 he was appointed to succeed Mr Edward Wakefield as editor of the Timaru. Herald, but. that paper changed hands a few' months later, and Mr Triggs joined the editorial staff of the Press, with which he has been connected ever since, and is now, as he has been for many years, its able editor. He is a Fellow—the first Australasian Fellow—of the English .Journalists' Institute, and was president of the New Zealand Institute in 1901. He represented New Zealand at the first International Congress of the Press at Antwerp. HON, 6. M. THOMSON. The Hon. G. M. Thomson, formerly Reform member for Dunedin North in the House of Representatives, being defeated at -the last election. He was horn in Calcutta in 1848, and went fo Dunedin in 1871, joining the staff of the High School the following year. He is well known as a student of botany and zoology, having published several books, He was one of the founders of the Technical School in Dunediii ill 1889, and was honorary secretary and. superintendent for eleven .vears. He .still takes an active interest in the Board of Management. He was for many years secretary, and afterwards president, of the Otago Institute, His work in pisciculture is shown by the satisfactory results at present being attained at tho Portobello fish hatchery, He is ft permanent.leader in the Dunedin City 'Mission and Y.M.C.A. lvorJf, and was one of the founders of tho Dunedin Choral Society. He was also secretary for New Zealand of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science. HON. J,.TOPI, . The Hon,; Hori Orhoani (John) Topi Patukij -is the second son of the late great chief of the Ngatahua and Ngatimamoe tribes—King Topi Pafiki, of Ruapuhe, Foveanx Straits. King Topi made "many strong and lasting friendships with members of the.white race, [ On the. death of Mr .Charles Parata, , M.P.j steps were taken at.Bluff to'-so- . cure a ; local candidate for 'the., vacant .'Southern Maori seat. ■ Mr John Topi : was chosen, He had a liberal'education, i: and for some years attended Te.Aute • Maori College/ He'made'"two trips to , the Old Land, .nnd thus a great deal ■ of the world. His. candidature was in itewts of the National-.Govern' .•■.("'..'.•■ - i ■■ -.

, meat, but lie UU\fv on tho eve oi \ the election in favom, of the nonnuce o£ the National Government, Mr Parata, who was later defeated by Mr W. Uru. '. He is a man of independent jwaw, and has a laigo and successful sheep sta tion at Ruapuhe He n a single- man, and has made scenl attempts to get to the front by enlistment but an in : , jury incurred'in his football days caused- ' his'rejection for .the-Pioncer^e.giment t ; .: HON.'H. F,.WIGRAM; : : -V-'y ■ The Hon. 11. F. Wigram,.'.whp l .lias. ] large interests in The.'Lytic! ton jines,.< \ was born sixty-one years ago-in Hon-, ' don, and came out to New Zealand for. \ the benefit-'of his 1 health, He nrrirar ' in Christehurch in 1833, and two -yeaYS. \ \ later he entered into business,- being ! connected with the firm of Mcwri'Wigram' Bros., mutators. In April,' 1902, ' Mr Wigram was elected unopposed as [ first Mayor of Greater Christelitlrch, \ M and fourteen months later, June 22nd, ,' 1903, he was appointed a member of the, , Upper House, sitting Until June, .19,10, when he was re-appointed, At .the cx- ! piration of the usual period |iis scat be-, came vacant by effluxion oi time. Mr Wigram has been prominent'in public affairs of late years, and he has been connected with several large businesses in the city. He was the prime mover '. and, in fact, the founder, of the Canterbury (New Zealand) Aviation Com-' . pany, at whose aerodrome at Socltburn ; over fifty pilots have been trained for service at the front.

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THE UPPER HOUSE., North Otago Times, Volume CVI, Issue 14115, 8 May 1918

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