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OBITUARY.

MR. JOHN STALLWORTHY.

A FORMER LEGISLATOR.

The death occurred oil Saturdav of Mr. John Stallworthy, ex M,P. for Kaipara, aged 69 years. Mr. Stallworihy, who was born in the Samoa Islands in 1854, was educated at Blackheath School, London, and came to New Zealand in the ship City of Auckland in 1872. His first employment was at a sawmill at Whangaroa: In "1878 he entered the service of the Auckland Education Board, and was appointed teacher at Newmarket. In 1880 he was appointed to the Aratapu School, and in 1884 he started the' Aratapu Gazette newspaper. Later, he purchased the Te Kopuru Bell, now the Wairoa Bell. . , Mr. Stallworthy retired from the Education Board's service in 1890, and entered fully into the newspaper business. He was for many years postmaster at Aratapu, and he formed the first branch of the Knights of Labour in that district. He was also president of the Timber Workers' Union and the first chairman of the Northern Wairoa Hospital Board. He contested the Kaipara seat in the House of Representatives when it was first formed in 1908. but was defeated by Mr. A. E. Harding. He again fought Mr, Harding in 1905, and won by nine votes. Ho was re-elected in 1908 by a substantial majority, but in 1911 was defeated on a second ballot by Mr. J. G. Coates, the present Minister. Mr. Stallworthy was also a member of the Auckland Education Board in 1903. Shortly after the close of his Parliamentary career, Mr. Stallworthy's sight failed, but he still took an active interest in local politics, and at the time of his death he was chairman of the Kaipara Hospital Board and the Kaipara, branch of the Farmers' Union. He was always a ptfom/inent worker in temperance organisations, and was also a local preacher of the Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Stallworthy celebrated their golden wedding last year. The deceased, who has lately been farming at Aratapu, is survived by his wife ana a grown-up family of sons and daughters. MR. JOHN GIFFORD. An old colonist, Mr. John Gifford, died at his residence, Burnley Terrace, Edendale, at. : the aige of _ 84. Mi*. Gifford was born in London and left England for Australia with his parents at the age of 12. While in his teens he was in many of the gold rushes in Victoria, but settled in Otagd over 60 years ago. There for many years he engaged in farming and contracting. Later he came to Auckland .and some twenty years ago went to Avondale to reside. , For about twelve years be. was a lay reader in the Avondale Anglican Church. A few years ago he removed to Mount Eden district. Mr. Gifford leaves a son and daughter, his wife and another daughter having predeceased him. The funeral took place at the Anglican Cemetery, Avondale, yesterday afternoon. MAORI CHIEFTAINESS. The death has occurred at Taupiri of Mrs. Roka Hopere, aged 65 years. Mrs. Hoperc. who. was! a daughter of the late Rev. Keta Tarawhiti, was a chieftainess of the Ngatiwhawhakia tribe, in the Waikato. She received her education in Lady Martin's school, Farnell, and was a very familiar figure in Native Land Courts, where she conducted her cases with marked ability. She is survived by one son and two daughters, and 12 grandchildren. Her' remains will be interred on the summit of the historical burial ground near Taupiri Mountain. MR. J. B. CHRISTIAN. The death ; occurred at the Auckland Hospital on Tuesday of Mr. John Mills Christian, aged 36 years, waterworks engineer to the Otahuhu Borough Council. Reference to the "loss sustained by the borough in the death of Mr. Christian was made by the Mayor, Mr. R. B. Todd, at a meeting of the council on Friday evening. There was a large attendance at the funeral, which took place at Otahuhu Cemetery on Friday. As . Mr. Christian has been a member of the fire brigade, the remains were borne on the motor engine. The Mayor and members of the council were present, and also representatives of the Foresters' and Orange Lodges, and of the loval and Auckland Fire Brigades. The Ror. H. Mason was the presiding clergyman. Mr. Christian leaves a widow and six children. MR T. C. IRVING. bit XKLSCSAPL.—OWN CORESPONDENT.] HAMILTON, Saturday. The death occurred at Claudelands last evening of Mr. Thomas Carlyle Irving, at the age of 53. Deceased, who was born at Invercargill, was prominently connected with the dairy industry, and for years has been a consistent prizewinner in the cheese section of the various shows. In 1914 ha was appointed :i the first manager of the Bruntwood Co-op. Dairy Co., and five years ago he joined the staff of the New Zealand Co-op. Dairy Co., Ltd., as a cheese and casein instructor. Deceased was a championship winner at several rifle-shooting competitions, and he took a keen iritercst in sport. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the choir of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. He is survived by a widow and six children. MR. W. M. OLLIVIER. fBT CXLtOr.A PB • OWN correspondent.] CHRISTCnURCH. Saturday. Mr. W. M., Ollivier, principal of the firm of Messrs. Ollivier 8r05.," accountants and auditors, died suddenly yesterday, Mr. Ollivier had been troubled for some months with angina pectoris, but was quite well until nine o clock yesterday morning, when he had a very severe attack which ended fatally. He was the seventh son of the late Mr. John Ollivier, wfcp was provincial auditor for Canterbury for many years, and arrived at Lyttelton with his parents in 1853, when only four years of age. After receiving his education at Christ's Collie he joined the railway service, and fo„ about 28 yearf was paymaster and cashier for the whole of the South Island. rHe was next secretary of the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce for some years until he started in business with his brother. Mr. Ollivier , married Miss Fanny Gibson, of Oamaru, who died, some years ago. He had only one son, Mr. Geoffrey Ollivier, the present holder of the tennis championship of New Zealand.

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OBITUARY., New Zealand Herald, Volume LX, Issue 18554, 12 November 1923

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OBITUARY. New Zealand Herald, Volume LX, Issue 18554, 12 November 1923

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