THE NEXT PARLIAMENT.
NEW MEMBERS ELECTED.
CAREERS IN PUBLIC LIFE.
It was inevitable that there should be many changes in tho personnel of tho new Parliament, not only on account of the constantly shifting trends of popular favour, but also because in seven electorates no sitting member was offering himself for re-election. In two cases ♦ his position was brought about by the readjustment of electoral boundaries, and in the other iivo by tho retirement of members. About 24 new members will take their seats in Parliament when the nest, session opens. The following are briof biographical notes on some of the now members:—
MR. J. B. DONALD. Mr. J. B. Donald, who has won the 'Auckland East seat for the United Party, is a well-known Auckland business man. An Aucklander by birth, Mr. Donald is tho seconu son of the lato Mr. A. B. Donald, who many years ago founded the firm of Donald and Edeuborough, merchants and Island traders. He entered his father's business on completing his education at old Queen's College, carried on by tho lato Dr. A. Mac Arthur, S.M., in Upper Queen St., and has been associated with the firm of A. B. Donald, Ltd., for 30 years, being at present managing director. Ho is 48 years of ago and is a justice of the peace.
MR. H. R. JENKINS. 'j'he ntnv United member for Parnell, Mr. H. R. Jenkins, was born at Eltham, Taranaki, his father, Mr. T. 11. Jenkins, being tho son of William Jenkins, who landed as a missionary in New Zealand in 1841. As a young man, Mr. Jenkins passed rapidly from "the management of his father's 'farm in Taranaki to the possession of holdings of his own. Being impressed with the possibilities of the milking machine, ho put on the market the first " Gane" machine, forming a company for its production. The success of the Gane Company, which spread all over the world, led Mr. Jenkins into other business activities over an extenBive field. In addition to his business Interests, Air. Jenkins is a director of the Y.M.C.A. and is well-known as a yachtsman, golfev and player.
MR. A. J. STALLWORTHY. The United member for Eden, Mr. A. J Stallworthv, is the eldest son of the late Mr. John Stallworthy, formerly Liberal member for Kaipara. Mr. A. J. Stallworthy was born in Auckland, and accompanied his parents to the Northern Waiioa as a bov. Four years ago he sold out his business of the Northern Advertiser, of which he was editor-pro-prietor, and came to Auckland to rejoin his children attending the Auckland University College. In the North, Mr. Stallworthy was known as a versatile platform Ppeaker, a preacher in the Evangelical churches, and an enthusiast in local arid general politics. He was an original member of tho Hobson Electric-Power Board. Last year lie was elected to the Auckland City Council, and his social and public interests include membership of the New Zealand Tourist League, the \oung Citizens' League, and tho Auckland Play and Recreation Association. Ho is honorary organiser of the Auckland Band of Hope Union, and a member of a special committee set up bv the Justice Department under the Inebriates Institutions Act. He is also president of ttie Auckland branch vi the Protestant Political Association.
MR J. S. FLETCHER. Mr. John S. Fletcher, who has been returned in Grey Lynn in the United interests, was born in Scotland, where he received his secondary and college education by means of scholarships. At the age of 24 he was appointed headmaster of the technical and commercial classes conducted by the Kirkintilloch School Board. Mr. Fletcher was later secretary of the Scottish Class Teachers' Association and a member of the committee of the Scottish Educational Institute, living in Glasgow, where he also served as vice-president of the Y.M.C.A. Twelve years ago he camo to New Zealand and joined his brothers in the Fletcher Construction Company. After travelling through Great Britain, the United States and Canada to study the latest methods of construction Air. Fletcher became a director of the firm, and later manager at Dunedin, where he was a member of the executive of the Dunedin Manufacturers' Association. Retiring from business for health reasons, Mr. Fletcher has since been a student of political and economic questions. He has always been keenly interested in sport, in his earlier days playing Association football and cricket, and now being a keen bowler.
MR. G. C. MUNNS. Mr. G. C. Munns, wbo will represent the rioskill electorate in the new Parliament as a United member, has considerable experience of public affairs. Mr. Munns has been 37 years in New Zealand, and during that period has served on a number of local bodies. For seven years he was a member of the Gisborne Borough Council, for some years being chairman of the Works Committee. Mr. Munns was on the executive of the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce, and was for three years chairman of the Waihi United School Committees. At present be is chairman of the Roskill East Ratepayers' Association, and is chairman of flirectors of several goldmining companies. He is a keen bowler, being a member of the Hillsborough Club, while he has been a well-known competitor on the athletic field.
MR. FREDERICK LYE. Mr. Frederick Lye, the United member for Waik.ito, is u farmer residing at Pukekura, near Cambridge, where he lias lieen farming for the past ten years. Prior to that time, Mr. Lye was a well-known farmer in Taranaki. lie has always been prominent in farmers' co-operative bodies, in which he has been a most active worker. For six years he was a director of the .Joli Cooperative Company, of Taranaki. one of the biggest of flic kind in Aew Zealand, and was also a provincial director of the Farmers' Co-operative Organisation Society, with headquarters at Jfawera. Mr. Lye was a keen member of the Taranaki branch of the New Zenbirid Farmers' Union. For the past eight years he has been a director of the Cambridge Co-operative Dairy Company, and for two years was deputy-chairman. Mr. Lye has also been a member of the Cambridge Power Hoard for three years, and bo is at present president of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. From 1922 to 1925 he represented the old Waikato elect urn to in Parliament.
MR S. 0. SMITH. Mr. S. 0. Smith, who has re-entered national politics by winning the Taranaki seat in the interests of the United Party, was born in New Plymouth in 1879, and is the son of Mr. E.' M. Smith, M.H.R. -After receiving his education at New Plymouth schools, Mr. Smith joined ihe railway service, of which he was a member for 20 years. During Ibis time ho was prominent in various trade unions, acting for some years on the national executive of the A S.R.S. Among the other local bodies on which has served are the New Plymouth Education Hoard, the LifeRaving Society, the High School Board of Governors, the Technical College commitand the Taranaki School Committees' of which he was vice-presi-dent, Mr, Sfnifh first entered Parliament in 1918, when ho won the Taranaki seat ®t a by-election. He was returned again at the general elections in 1919 and 1922, huf was defeated in 1925. by Mr. 0. E. BeUringor, polling 4565 vote*.
MR. W. J. POLSON. Mr. W. J. Poison, the United member for Stratford, was for many years connected with journalism in different parts of tho Dominion. After occupying the position of editor of Truth, Christchurch, which afterwards became tho livening News, Mr. Poison turned to farming, which ho still follows at Manurewa, near Fordell. Of his public activities, he is best known in connection with his work for the New Zealand Farmers' Union, of which he has been Dominion president. Mr. Poison is also a director of the Wanganui Woollen Company and various othor enterprises.
MR. C. A. WILKINSON. Mr. C. A. Wilkinson, who has returned to tho sphero of national politics by winning, as .in Independent, the ERinont seat, which ho formerly held as a Government member, was born in New Plymouth in 1868, and is now a resident of Eltham. After a private education ho entered business as a merchant. lie has served on a number of local bodies, including the Tara naki Hospital Board, the New Plymouth Harbour Board, and the Rotokare Domain Board. After unsuccessfully contesting the Egmont seat in 1908, Mr. Wilkinson was returned in the Government interest in 1912, and held the seat until his retirement in 1919.
REV. CLYDE CARR. Tho Rev. Clyde Carr, the Labour member for Tinlaru, was born in Auckland, and is a son of tha Rev. Thomas Goodwill Carr. He received his education at primary schools, Nelson College, and tho New Zealand University, studying in Auckland, Wellington, and Canterbury Colleges. Ho was a Prizeman in English. He had five years' banking and commercial experience, relinquishing business life in order to enter tho Congregational ministry. Mr. Carr was ordained in 1915, and held charges in Fiji, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch churches. He is a late chairman of the Auckland and Canterbury districts of tho Congregational Union of New Zealand. Mr. Carr has taken a keen interest in public affairs in Christchurch. and was chairman of committees for Mr. D. G. Sullivan, M.P. Mr. Carr has been a .Labour member of the Christchurch City Council and North Canterbury Hospital Board since 1923, being chairman of tho Reserves, Abattoirs, Markets, Cemeteries, Libraries and Milk Committees of the City Council. He was nominated for Kaiapoi, Riecarton and Ellesmero in the Labour Party's interests in 1925. Mr. Carr is also known as a journalist and anthor, and late entertainer and radio announcer for station 3YA.
MR. R. W. HAWKE. Mr. R. W. Hawke, tho new United member for Kaiapoi, is a poultry and fruit farmer hv-occupation. He first entered public life 30 years ago as member, and later chairman, of the Papanui school committee. Ho has been a member of tho Waimairi County Council for 17 years, during two of which he was chairman. Later he was appointed J.P. He has been a directoi of the Canterbury Co-operative Poultry Producers, Ltd.. for tho past six years, and was a foundation member of the Utility Poultry Club. Last year he represented New Zealand at a world conference of poultrymen held at Ottawa.
MR. A. J. MURDOCH. Mr. A. J. Murdoch, tho United member for Marsden, was born in 1877, and in his early years was a school teacher, spending 28 jears at Ruakaka. He later took up farming. Mr Murdoch was keenly interested in the formation of the Waipu railway, acting as secretary of the league formed to further the project. He is a member of the Whangarei Chamber of Commerce, and is a keen sportsman. Mr Murdoch defeafed his opponent, Mr. W. Jones, at the 1922 election, hut was defeated by him in 1925 bv 651 votes
MR. W. E. BARNARD. Mr. W. E. Barnard, the Labour member for Napier, is a native of New Zealand, and commenced practico as a solicitor in 1908. For the past nine years he lias carried on tho business of a lawyer at Helens ville in the Kaipara electorate. Mr. Bar nard is a returned soldier who has taken an active interest in the affairs of Helensville, having held until recently the posi tions of president of tho FTelensville Cham ber of Commerce, Musical Society and Ten nis Club. Ho has sold his law practice and his homo to free his hands for Ins political duties in Napier. For six years past Mr. Barnard has been a keen member of tho Labour Party. Ho was instrumental in founding tho Helonsvillo branch of the party in 1923, of which he has been secretary for five years and also the Kaipara Labour representation committee, of which he has been president. In 1925 Mr. Barnard in the interests of the party contested tho seat against Mr. Coates, polling 1335 votes.
MR. C. 11. CHAPMAN. Mr. C. 11. Chapman, who has won the Wellington North seat for Labour, was born in London in 1876, and came to New Zealand in 1905. He has a long connection with tho Labour movement, having joined the British 1.L.P., and worked with such men as Keir Hardio an'd Ramsay Mac Donald in 1893 For two years prior to his arrival in tho Dominion ho was honorary secretary to the London Federation of the 1.L.P., and during recent years ho has been secretary to various New Zealand trade unions. He was piesident of the Typographical Union for two years Mr. Chapman is a member of tho Wellington Harbour Board, Welling-' ton Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, and Wellington Technical College Board of Governors. Ho was a member of tho City Council for six years, and was defeated by Mr. C. J. B. Norwood in a contest for the Mayoralty. lie unsuccessfully contested the Wellington South seat in 1908, the Hawke's Bay seat in 1919 and 1922, and Wellington Suburbs scat in 1925.
MR.- J. T. HOGAN. Mr. J. T. Hogan, tho new Independent member for Rangitikei, is 54 years of age. He was educated at St. Mary's school, Wanganui, being the dux boy of his year. As a student of art and architecture he was coached by the Marisfc Brothers' College. In the 'athletic field he rowed for Aiamoho Boating Club for several years. Ho was in tho service of tho Railway Department from 1893 to 1905 and resigned to contest the Wanganui scat as a Liberal, being returned by a large majority. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1905 to 1911. In local politics ho has served as a member of the Wanganui Harbour Board.
MR. J. N. MASSEY. The Franklin seat haa been held for the Government by Mr. J. N. Massey, of Puni, who is the second son of the -late Prime Minister, Mr. W. F. Massey. Born on his father's farm at Mangere, he is 43 years of age, and has been a farmer all his lifo. For the past 21 years he has been farming at Puni. For 12 years ho was chairman of tho Aka Aka Drainage Board, of which he is still a member. Two years ago he was elected to tho Franklin County Council, and last May was elected county chairman. For two years ho was president of the Franklin Agricultural and Pastoral Society. He is a member of tho Rural Intermediate Credits Board.
MR, F. LANGSTONE. Mr. Frank Langstone, who has been returned in Waimarino, is a woll-known resident of Taumarunui. He has been associated with tho' Shearers' Union for many years, being a member of tho executive. He also carried out organisation work for tho N.Z. Workers' Union among the timber workers in the King Country. In 1919 Mr. Langstone contested the Waimarino seat against Mr. R. W. Smith, being unsuccessful. In 1922 ho reversed the position, but Mr. Smith was successful in 1925 at the general election.
MR. J. A. macpherson: Mr. .). A. Macpherson, the new member for Oamaru, was born at Slephanton, Nairnshire, in 1864, and was educated at the Church Street School, Nairn, and at tho Royal Academy, Inverness. His father dying in 1877, Mr. Macpherson completed his commercial training, and in 1882 sailed for Melbourne. Ho arrived in New Zealand in 1883, and found an appointment in Dunedin. A fow niQnths later he joined the railway and postal scrvico, and in 1885 went into partnership in a stock and station business in Canterbury. From this ho sold out in 1887, buying land on the famous Ngapara limestone tables. As a practical farmer and a director of tho North Otago Farmers' Co-operativo Association, he was invited to contest tho Oamaru seat in 1899, and again in 1902, but was unsuccessful, Mr. T. Y. Duncan being returned on each occasion. Mr. Macpherson wa3 approached in 1905 with a request that lie should contest tho electorate of Mount Ida, and was chosen out of six candidates to represent the Liberal Party. His opponent was Mr. A. L. Herdman (now Mr. Justice Herdman), whom he defeated by about 400 votea. In 1908, when the seat was called Tuapeka, ho headed the first ballot with 1552 votes, Mr. Scott being second with 1453, and Dr. Chappie third with 1301. In the second ballot Mr. Scott defeated him by 2478 votes to 1781. Three, years later he stood for Waitaki, but was defeated by Mr.i F. H. Smith by 2609 votes to 2525 at the second ballot, and in 1914 was defeated for Oamaru, Mr. E. P. Lee having a majority over him of 338 votes. In 1919 Mr. Leo was once more successful, the voting being: E. P. Leo (R) 3819., J. A. Macpherson (L) 3543. In 1922 Mr. Macpherson defeated Mr. Lee by 4067 votes to 4053, but tho election was invalidated owing to irregularities. At a by-election on May 1, 1923, the former was returned by 4492 votes to 4147. In 1925 Mr. Lee regained the seat, beating Mr. Macpherson by 4805 votes to 3708. Mr. Macpherson was a member of tho Otago Land Board for several yearj.
MR. A. W. HALL. Tho Hauraki electorate will be represented in the new Parliament by Mr. A. W. Hall, of Papatoetoe, a member of the Government Party. A son of the late Mr. Robert Hall, who for many years was president of the Auckland Agricultural Association, and chairman of the One Tree Hill Road Board, Mr. Hall has been a well-known settler in tho Otahuhu and Papatoetoe districts for the past 22 years. Ho has always been interested in local and national politics, and when the Papatoetoe Town District was formed in 1920, Mr. Hall was elected to tho first town board, on which he has served continuously until this year, when lie retired to enter national politics. For the last six years he was chairman of tho board. Mr. Hall is also a member of tho Railway Advisory Board, and has taken part in local bodies' conferences.
MR. W. A. BODKIN. Mr. William Alexander Bodkin, who has been roturned in Central Otago in the United interests, was born in 1885 at Queenstown, where his father was a watchmaker. Leaving school at 12 years of age, he worked on his father's farm, but did not take to the life, and decided to study law. Mr. Bodkin went to Christchurch, where he attended Wilson's School in Cranmer Square. It was while a student at this school that he obtained his matriculation. When he returned to Dunedin in 1905 ho attended law classes, and served in solicitors' offices. In February, 1909, ho was admitted as a solicitor, and later in the year he purchased tho business of Mr. J. R. Bartholomew at Alexandra when tho latter was appointed a magistrate. In 1914 ho contested the Otago Central seat against Mr. Robert Scott, but was not successful. Mr. Bodkin has always taken an interest in matters affecting the welfaro of tho Central Otago district, and has been prominently associated with irrigation, land, and other questions.
MR. C. H. CLINKARD. Mr. C. 11. Clinkard, returned as tho United member for Rotorua, has for over 20 years served tho public .-is a member of school committees, the road board, the county council, and smaller bodies. For four years ho wa3 secretary of the Kaukapakapa Road Board, and he is a justice of the peace of long standing. When Rotorua, until then under tho management of the Tourist Department, was formed into a municipality, Mr. Clinkard was the first Mayor and lie was also elected a second term by a large majority. Ilia parents were early settlers in tho Kaipara district, and his early associations were those of pioneers in tho widest sense. At the age of 18 he took his first bush contract, employing threo men, and for many years he was connected with the timber industry, farming and other activities incidental to the breaking in of the country. As a timber merchant he exported his timber to Australia and England, as a sheep farmer ho supplied the English market, and as a dairy farmer he secured many prizes for exhibited butter. Some 11 years ago he sold the farm he was then working at Tauranga and he has been in the motor-car business at Rotorua ever since. In 1905 Mr. Clinkard contested the Waiternata seat as a nominee ol the Liberal-Labour Federation, but failed, while he was unsuccessful as a Nationalist candidate in Rotorua in 1925.
MR. G. C. BLACK. Mr. G. C. Black, the United member for Motueka, is a native of Reefton. Since 1923 Mr. Black has been a sessional committee clerk in the House of Representatives, as clerk to the Goldfields and Mines Committee, and of the Public Accounts Committee since 1925, besides being attached to the special select committees that have dealt with the main questions before Parliament in recent years. He has been connected with the Motor Vehicles Bill Committee, the Rural Credits Commission Report Committee, Intermediate Rural Credit Bill Committee, and tho joint Samoan Petition Inquiry Committee, Mr. Black is 24 years of age, and (ho youngest member of the House.
MR, R. W. HALL. Mr. R W. Hall, the Labour member for Dunedin South, was born in Shildon, Durham, England, in 1879. His father's people were large mine owners in Durham. His father, hearing of the great coalfields in New Zealand, came out here in 1882. Mr. Hall was educated at tho Ivaitangata Stato School. He commenced work in tho Kaitangata mine when 14 years of age, and followed mining in the Kaitangata, Castle Hill and Taratu mines for 10 years. In 1905 he came to Dunedin, and joined Marshall's Proprietary, Ltd., as a canvasser. He resigned in 1908, when ho joined the New Zealand Farmers' Co-operativo Association of Canterbury, as the firm's first country traveller. He represented that cdmpany throughout North Canterbury, and was eventually appointed resident agent for it in tho Cheviot district. He resigned that position in 1911, and returned to Dunedin, where he accepted a position with Messrs. J. B. MacEwan and Co., as storeman and salesman. When that firm merged their produce business into the Waitaki Dairy Company he joined the latter as salesman, and held that position for 16 years, until he resigned in September last. During his 15 years' residence in St. Kilda Mr. Hall served as a borough councillor for 11 years, and was honorary lihrarian of the library for five years." He was elected Mayor of St. Kilda in 1925, and was re-elected, unopposed, in 1927 He is a member nf the Dunedin Drainage and Sewerage Board. He is president of the Boy Scouts' Association, president of the Otago area of the Temperance Reform Council, president of the St. Kilda Life-Saving Club, and vicepresident of the St. Kilda Beach Improvement Society.
MR. W. J. BROADFOOT. Mr. W. J. Broadfoot, who has captured the Waitomo seat for the United Party, was born at Lower Hutt in 1881. After short periods spent in journalism and in the post office service he entered the legal profession, and in 1907 he commenced practice in Hamilton in partnership with Mr. P. H. Watts. In the following year he moved to Te Kuiti; where he has practised ever since. He has taken an active part in public life, and was a member of the Te Kuiti Borough Council and deputy-mayor from 1923 to 1925. He is president of the New Zealand Tourist League and has been president of the Te Kuiti Chamber of Commerce. Mr, Broadfoot was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1925 general election, when he was a Nationalist supporter.
NEW FACES IN PARLIAMENT; CANDIDATES WHO WERE SUCCESSFUL AT YESTERDAY'S GENERAL ELECTION.
| . MR. J. W. MUNRO.' Mr. James Wright Munro, the successful Labour candidate in Dunedin North, was born at Roslyn in 1870, and has spent all his life in Dunedin. He has been actively engaged in Labour matters locally for many years. By occupation ho is a baker, and for some years carried ou a bakery business at North Dunedin. For three or four years ho was president of the Bakers' Union, and for six years ho was vice-president of tho Otago Trades and Labour Council. He has also been president of the Political Labour League. Ho stood against tho Hon. J. A. Millar at tho election in 1908 for Dunedin West, but was defeated by 4785 votes to 2338. Three years later he stood in the Labour interest for tho same seat, but was defeated in the first ballot, his opponents being Mr. Millar and H. D. Bedford. In 1914, when ho received the support of the Liberals as well as Labour in the contest for Dunedin Central, he received an actual majority of tho votes cast, but through a mistake on tho part of one of the electoral officials a considerable number, of the votes recorded in his favour were found on the official recount to bo invalid, with tho result that he was defeated by Mr. (now Sir Charles) Statham by 12 votes. Tho latter refused to take advantage of tho informality on the part of the electoral officers, and resigned his seat, and at the by-election defeated Mr. Munro by 4033 votes to 3926. In 1919 Mr. Munro again contested the Dunedin Central seat, tho voting being: C. E. Statham (Ind.) 4769, J. W. Munro (Official Lab.) 4272. Mr. Munro was returned for Dunedin North at a by-election in June, 1922, rendered necessary by the death of Mr. E. Kellett. The voting on that occasion was: J. W. Munro, 3462, J. J. Clark 3342, W. Begg 931. Mr. Munro retained the seat at the general election held at tho end of the same year, beating Mr. Clark by 5020 votes to 4965, but he lost it to Mr. H. L. Tapley in 1925, when the voting was: Tapley, 5363, Munro 5101.
MR. R. SEMPLE. .Sir. Robert Sernple, who has been 'returned to Parliament in Wellington East in the Labour interest, was born in New South Wales in 1873. He worked for 26 years on the goldfields of Australia, first as a trucker and then as a miner. At the age of 23 years he entered the trades union movement, and was associated with unions in several States. On his arrival in New Zealand in 1893, he was engaged in the State mines on the West Coast. In 1908 •he assisted to form the first Miners' Federation, of which he was president. After being involved in the Waihi striko in 1912, he was active in the waterside workers' strike in 1913, being imprisoned and bound over to keep the peace. He then engaged in tunnelling contracts at Otira, where he held the post of miners' agent and inspector for five years. During the war Mr. Semple lived in Wellington, being imprisoned for three years for resisting conscription and served 12 months. In 1918 he was elected to Parliament in Wellington South on the death of Mr. A. H. Hindinarsh. but was defeated at the general election in 1919. In 1921 he undertook the OrongOrongo tunnelling contract, which he carried out in record time. On the completion of this contract in 1924, he was appointed organiser of the Freezing Workers' Union.
MR. H. Mi -RUSHWORTH. The new member for the Bay of Is* lands, Mr. H. M. Rushworth, was bora at Croydon, Surrey, England, in 1880. He was educated at a private school, later going to Rugby and finally to Jesus Col» lege, Oxford. He joined the Durham Light Infantry in 1900, to see service in South Africa, but the war ended before lie was drafted. Sending in his papers he was transferred to the reserve of officers and chose surveying and civil engineering as his profession. In 1905 he was made a Fellow of the Surveyors' Institute and obtained a position on the staff of the London County Council. Rapid promotion followed and ho was soon in charge of the whole area controlled by the London County Council. On tho outbreak of the war Mr. Rushworth 1 went to France as an officer in the 7th City of London Regiment. Ho was severely wounded, and was sent back to. England. He later returned to France arid after further service in the trenches joined the Air Force. Ho. was again wounded in an aerial battle during tho fighting at. Passchendaele, being forced to descend in German territory. After spending 13 weeks in German hospitals, on tho intervention of the Dutch Ambassador ho was sent to England, where ho resumed his flying duties. The armistice came shortly afterwards. Later Mr. Rushworth decided to take up farming in New Zealand and arrived at Auckland in December, 1923. Ho went on to tho land at Opua and soon became interested in the difficulties facing farmers.
MR. J. G. COEBE. Mr. John G. Cobbe, the United member for Oroua, was born in the King's County, Ireland, where his family had been engaged in extensive farming "operations for a long period. Ho was educated in Tullamore and Dublin, and after coming to New Zealand ho settled in Feilding, and was managing-director of John Cobbo, Ltd., until his retirement in 1919. Since that date, Mr. Cobbe has devoted greater attention to his considerable sheep farming interests in the Wanganui River district. He was the first president of the Feilding Chamber of Commerce, an office he filled on several subsequent occasions, and was also the inaugural president of the Feilding A. and P. Association, again acting in that capacity in 1923 and 1924. For some years ue has been chairman of directors of tho Feilding Farmers' Freezing Company, Ltd., and Manawatu representative on the Wellington Harbour Board, of which he has been chairman since May, 1927. Mr. Cobbe is also chairman of the Harbour Boards Association of New Zealand. Cricket is the main sport ha is interested in. Mr, Cobbe has not previously sought Parliamentary honours.
mr. t. w. Mcdonald. Mr. T. W. McDonald, who has captured the Wairarapa seat for the United Party, was born in Tasmania in 1869, and came to New Zealand in 1893. Deciding to continue his military career, commenced in Tasmania, he enlisted in the New Zealand Permanent Militia (now R.N.Z.A.), and rose step by step to the rank of colonel in the Staff Corps. He held many important military appointments, was general staff officer of several military districts, commanded the Wellington and Otago military districts, and was actually in command of the latter when it was absorbed in the South Island command. Upon its absorption, Mr. McDonald was transferred to the Reserve of Officers with his present rank of colonel. He was specially selected by General Godley for two years' attachment to the -British Army for higher field training, and on the outbreak of the war he was appointed to command the Otago Battalion of the Main Body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He suffered a serious illness in Egypt, and was invalided to England and thence to New Zealand for home service. In civil life he was a member of several school committees. a member of the Wellington Education Board, and twice Mayor of Lower Hutt. He unsuccessfully contested the Wellington East seat as an Independent in 1922.
MR. A. E. ANSELL. Mr. Alfred Edward Ansell, who has retained the Chalmers seat for the Government, was born in Dunedin in 1876, and was educated at the North-Easl Valley School. After leaving . school he served an apprenticeship with a tailoring firm in Dunedin, on the expiry of which he took a trip to London to further his know, ledge of the business. After remaining in England for six years he returned to New Zealand and opened a retail business here. Then, after some years in the retail business, he entered business as a wholesale clothing manufacturer. Mr. Ansell, besides his business interests, took a keen interest in Association and he was for some years a player in senior Association football as a member of the Rangers' team. He has also taken an interest in cricket, and has for several years been president of the North-East Valley Cricket Club, a position which he holds to-day. When motoring was in ita infancy in New Zealand he took an active part in motor-cycle racing, winning many trophies. He has taken: an active interest in the affairs of the Otago Motor Club since its inception in 1906, and has been president of tiiis association for some seven or eight years, which position ho still holds. He has taken a very active interest in roading matters in New and the Prime Minister. Mr. J. G. Coates t has publicly stated in Dunedin that Mr. Ansell, perhaps more than any other person in Naw Zealand, was responsible for the Highways Act being placed on the Statutes. Ho lias for the past two years been president of the South Island Motor Union, and has recently been elected for a third year. Among other positions he occupies is the position of president of the Dunedin Ratepayers' Association, and he is also a member of the executive of the Employers' Association of Otago.
MR. P. A. DE LA PERRELLE. Mr. P. A. de la Perrelle, who has won the Awarua seat for the Unitedsj was born at Arrowtown, Otago, in 1873, and was educated at the Arrowtown siihool. At the ago of 21 years ho purchased the Lake County Press, becoming editor and proprietor. In 1912 Mr. de ,la Perrelle bought the Winton Record, of which he is still editor and proprietor; He has served on the Arrowtown Borough Council, the Southland Education Board, of which ho has been chairman, and tho Lake County A. and' P. Association, of which he was the founder. Mr. de la Perrelle has also been the Lake County representative on the Southland Hospital Board, and a .director of the Winton A. and P Association. He at one time held the rank of captain in the Southland ftiounted Rifles. He was appointed a justice of the peace at tho age of 23 years. Mr. de la Perrelle has previously represented this electorate in Parliament, but was defeated at the last election by Mr. J. R. Hamilton by 220 voteß.
MR. J. O'BRIEN. Mr. James O'Brien, the Labour member for Westland, was born at Forest Creek, Victoria, in 1875. He received his education at the Forest Creek public school and later attended the Golden Point Grammar School. He followed mining and prospecting in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, New Guinea and Tasmania. Arriving in New Zealand in 1904, he engaged in gold mining at Reefton for several years, and later moved to the Runanga. district, where he soon became prominent in the Labour movement. He was employed for some time as an engineer a the State mines, and for several years was engaged in engineering work under _ Mines Department. He was /° U R 1 ' and for two years president, of the «ui anga Co-operative Society, and foi son pbour Tarty. j elect i on tied w } th
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THE NEXT PARLIAMENT., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXV, Issue 20104, 15 November 1928
THE NEXT PARLIAMENT. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXV, Issue 20104, 15 November 1928
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