DEATH OF OLD COLONISTS.
MR. J. J. HOLLAND.
The death of an old colonist and prominent citizen, Mr. James Job Holland, occurred yesterday at his residence, 6, City Road. Mr. Holland, who had readied the advancecf age of 81, was born in Leicester, England, and learned the trade of builder with his father. He came to Auckland in tho ship Persia in August, 1860, and in the following, year spent some time on the Otago goldfields. Mr. Holland then returned to Auckland, and after performing' military service with the first class militia, in which he became a sergeant, established himself as a builder and contractor in 1864. During his long residence in Auckland Mr. Holland took a prominent part in the public life of the city. In 1886 he was elected as representative of the East Ward on the City Council, and in 1893 was elected Mayor of the city, in which capacity he served for three successive terras. He also served two terms on the Auckland Harbour Board and was for some years a member of the Hospital Board. At the general election of 1896 Mr. Holland, who was a supporter of the Liberal Party, was elected as one of the three members for the City of Auckland, the late Hon. T. Thompson and the late Mr. W. Crowthcr being his fellow-mem-bers. Mr. Holland held the seat for three years, and was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1899, when Messrs. G. Fowlds, W. J. Napier, and W. Crowther were elected. In 1900 Mr. Holland was appointed by the Government trustee of the Auckland Savings Bank. He was chairman of the committee of St. John Ambulance Association at its inauguration in Auckland and for many years subse quently. He was a prominent membeT | of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows and had been connected with the Fountain of Friendship Lodge for about 60 years. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Holland retired from business a number of years ago. He is survived by an adult fam'ly, a son, Mr. A. G. Holland, being a Judge of the Native Land Court. CAPTAIN J. SULLIVAN. Captain John Sullivan, one of the oldest skippers in tho service of the Devonport Ferry Company, died at his residence, Alison Avenue, Devonport, yesterday, after a short illness, in his 81st year- Captain Sullivan, who was engaged in the coastal trade for several years before joining the Ferry Company's staff, obtained his master's ticket when only about 18 years of age. On one occasion he was eight days in a westerly gale off the Manukau Bar, his vessel having last its rudder. In spite of that loss Captain Sullivan finally brought his boat safely to port. At one time he was engaged running a cutter in and out of Auckland with firewood. He was also in the early days in the employ of the late Mr. Robert Graham on the Wairoa River. Subsequently Captain Sullivan • was in the employ of a wealthy Englishman at Waiwera, and ran for him a yacht called the Merrie Duchess. He accompanied his employer to England, who intended to purchase a steamer and bring it to Auckland. As the employer died, Captain Sullivan returned to Auckland. In his prime Captain Sullivan was a man of great physical strength, and he made a light task of rowing to Auckland from Waiwera. He is survived by Mrs. Sullivan, five daughters, and two sons. One son, Mr. Tom Sullivan, was for a time champion oarsman of England. Captain Sullivan worked practically to the end. He took a chid last Friday week, which was followed by a. fatal stroke. The flags were at half-mast on the vessels in port yesterday out of respect for Captain Sullivan. The interment will take place at the O'Neill's- Point Cemetery this afternoon. MRS. HANNAH DELANY. Mrs. Hannah Delany, widow of the'late Mr. Matthew Delany, died at Northcoto on Wednesday evening. Mrs. Delany was well known in Auckland and throughout the Waikato and on the Thames and Ohinemuri goldfields, having assisted her late husband in conducting the ATI Nations Hotel (Thames), Ohaupo Hotel, Paeroa Hotel, and the Albert Hotel (Auckland). She was a daughter of the late Mr. J. Doran, of Thames, and came to New Zealand from her birthplace in Northern Ireland when only a few years old. Mrs. Delany resided at Northcofe since retirement from business 12 years ago. Her husband predeceased her by • three years. She is survived by a gi.-own-np family of five sons and two daughters. The funeral, which is to be private, takes place to-day. > MR. J. ~s7 HOPE.
.Mr. J. 8. Hope, colonist of over 60 years' standing, and a well-known goldfields' pioneer, died at his residence", Grange Road, Mount Eden, on Wednesday evening; aged 77. A native of Glasgow, he emigrated to Australia as a yonth, and then came to New Zealand, arriving at Dunedin in time to be among the pioneers of the Gabrie'.'s Gully mining rush in 1861. From there he went to Hawke's Bay, and m Napier was proprietor of a line of mail coaches, being the first r erson to drive a four-horse coach to the v T aipswa district. He waa one of the earliest members of the Hawke's Bay deta/hment of the Colonial Defence Force. Liter, hp was engaged in various enterprise i at Timaru, until the .Thames goldfield • ras opened, when he was hi one of the first parties •'of mindrs io arrive on the new leld. After working for some years as c miner, sometimes as part-owner of cL'ints, ho became attached to the engineering staff of thjß " Big Pump," at tho foot of the Moanataiari Creek, and thenceforward made battery work his speciality, first at Thames, and afterWards at Waihi and- Waitekauri, being the r'sht-hand man of Mr. J. Russell in the e*rly stages of the development of thei t;se o the cyanide process on those two fields. He was one of the small number of shi\retthlders of the Golden Cross mine at Waitekauri in the days of its prosperity. On retiring from active goldfields work, he made investments in the timber and flax industries, finally settling in Auckland, where he became a director and for tho past few years chairman of Gillett Motors, Limited. Prior to the laying of the present Takapuna tramway, Mr. Hope carried on for gome time a passenger motor seovice between Dsvonport and Takapuna, in competition with tho then bus line. Outside business, Mr. Hope's principal interest was in Freemasonry. In tho Grand Lodge of New Zealand he held in 1920 tho rank of Senior Grand Deacon, and he also filled offices in the Grand Chapter of tho Royal Arch. Mr. Hope was mrrried early in the seventies to Miss Emma Hanlen, daughter of an early settler in Auckland City, who survives "him, together with a son, two daughters, and 3 number of grandchildren. The funeral will take place at Purewa this afternoon. Mil. of"]*. SMITH. Tho death of Mr. G. B. Smith, late of Dunedin, took place yestorday morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Edward Butterworth, of Onehunpa. The passing of Mr. Smith, who was 81 years of age, removes one of those interesting personalities which have always marked the history of "New Zealand's industrial progress. He was manager for Messrs. Kompthorne and Prosper in Dunedin for 34 years, and supervised the erection of their fhctoiy. He was the first man to manufacture sulphuric acid in Australasia, and also to grow lucerne in New Zealand, and had much to do with tho original manufacture of the linseed meal cattle cake. Ho waa at one time a member of the Foottxray Borough Council, and was a life president of the New Zealand Bowling Association. Mr. Smith has resided with Mrs. Butterworth for the past four and a-half years. He was an enthusiastic all-round sportsman. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. The body is being taken to Dunedin for interment.
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OBITUARY., New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18184, 1 September 1922
OBITUARY. New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18184, 1 September 1922
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