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MR. A. E. G. RHODES. PUBLIC-SPIRITED CITIZEN. [BY TELEGRAPH- —OWN CORRESPONDENT.] CHRISTCHURCH, Tuesday. The announcement of the death of Mr. Arthur ISdgar Gravenor Rhodes, which took place at Te Koraha, Merivale, today, will be received with sincere regret, not'only in Christchurch and Canterbury, but in every part of the Dominion. Mr. Rhodes had not been in the best ol health, and latterly the heart trouble from which he had suffered for a considerable time became intensified and culminated in his death. . , Mr. Rhodes was a public-spirited man who took a keen interest in the affairs of the city and also of the Dominion. He i was also a sound lawyer, and his opinions on financial matters were based on a thorough understanding of finance. In addition to representing Gladstone and Geraldine in Parliament, he was the first New Zealand-born member of the House. Mr. Rhodes was a former mayor ot Christchurch, a member of several local bodies, and a director of several com- j Pa i3orn in 1859 at the Levels Station near Timaru, Mr. Rhodes was educated at Christ's College, Christchurch, which he entered in 1868, and left in 1877. He was captain of the cricket eleven in 1875 and , 1876, and also captain of the school football 'fifteen. On leaving Christ's College, he went to Jesus' College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. and LL.B. in 1880. was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple two years later, and in 1884 he commenced practice on his own account in Christchurch. In 1911 Mr. Rhodes took into partnership Messrs. E. J. Ross and W. H. Godby, the style of the firm being Rhodes, Ross and Godby. For several years Mr. Rhodes a director of the New Zealand Shipping Company, arid in 1917 was elected chair- I man of "directors of the company, a posi-| tion which ho held until 1922. He also a director and for some time chairman of directors of the Christchurch Press Company, Ltd., and for a period he was a director on the London Board oi the Waihi Goldmining Mr. Rhodes had interests in land in the Chatham Islands, and he took a keen interest in matters affecting the welfare of the inhabitants of the islands. In 1892, Mr. Rhodes married Miss Rose Moorhouse, daughter of the late Mr. J. W. Moorhouse, one of the superintendents of the province of Canterbury. Mr. Rhodes is survived ,by Mrs. Rhodes, and leaves one son, Captain Tahu Rhodes, M.V.0., who married the Hon. Helen Plunket, eldest daughter of the late Lord Plunket, formerly Governor of New Zealand, and one daughter, who is married to Major G. F. Hutton. OLD RESIDENT OF ROTORUA. [BY TELEGRAPH. —OWN CORRESPONDENT;'] ROTORUA. Tuesday. One of the oldest residents of Rotorua, Mr. James O'Keefe, died suddenly yesterday, aged 70 Years. At the inquest, held to-day, a verdict was returned that death was due to cerebral hemorrhage. For the past 40 years Mr. O'Keefe has been a prominent figure in Rotorua. He was a carpenter by trade.

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OBITUARY., New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18283, 27 December 1922

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OBITUARY. New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18283, 27 December 1922