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NEW PARLIAMENT

NUMEROUS CHANGES BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES ' ' CAREERS IN PUBLIC LIFE With Labour's decisive victory it was inevitable that there should be many changes in the personnel of the new Parliament. For the first time Labour will occupy -he Treasury benches and tho House of Representatives will see many new faces. / following are brief biographical sketches of some of tho new members:— Mlt. W. J. LYON Mr. W. J. Lyon, who has gained tho Waitemata seat for the Labour Party, served at the Great War and subsequently was transferred to the reserve of officers. He was attached to tho War Office for a post-war period, serving with the Military Intelligence Division (Codes and Ciphers). He arrived in New Zealand in 1927, settling in Hawke's Bay. Mr. Lyon contested the Hawke's Bay seat in 1928 and nearly trebled tho Labour vote, being defeated by the sitting member and, in turn, polling snore votes than the United Party candidate. He was elected to the Hastings Borough Council and the Napier Harbour Board in 1929 and resigned to reside in Auckland. He has worked in tho interests of the unemployed in Auckland and has been president of the Auckland Provincial Unemployed Workers' Association for the past two years. He contested seats on the Auckland City Council and the Auckland Harbour Board this year, but without success. He is ii co-opted member of the employment committee of the Auckland City Council. MR. W. LEE MARTIN Mr. W. Lee Martin, the Labour candidate who has regained the Raglan seat, was born in Oamaru 60 years ago. He was educated at Waimate and lived for many years in Wellington, where he was' engaged in the oil and colour trade. He was then a member of the Painters' Union. After a period in Wanganui he went to tho Waikato 22 years ago, and took up farming at Matangi. Mr. Lee Martin served for many years on school committees, road boards and factory suppliers' committees. He has been a member of the Central Waikato Electric-Power Board since its jnception 15 years ago. He unsuccessfully contested the Hamilton seat in the interests of \ the Labour Party in 1925. When the Hon. R. F. Bollard died in 1927 Mr. Lee Martin stood for Raglan, and won the seat, which he successfully contested again in 1928. He was defeated by Mr. D. S. Reid in 1931. MR/ W. T. ANDERTON Mr. W. T. Anderton, the new Labour member for Eden, was born near Birmingham, England, 47 years ago. He is a member of a well-known Methodist family, and is himself a lay preacher. During the Great War lie saw service in the Royal Field Artillery. Prior to coming to New Zealand he was associated with the Labour movement in Britain, cbming into contact with Keir Hardie and other prominent leaders. He unsuccessfully contested the Eden seat against Mr. A. J. Stallworthy in the elections ot 1928 and 1931. Mr. Anderton is serving his second term as a member of the Auckland City Council* and is chairman of the legal and by-laws committee. MR. /ROBERT COULTER Mr. Robert Coulter. successful Labour candidate for Waikato, was born in Christchurch about 40 years ago. He came to Te Aroha 21 years ago, and established an auctioneering business. For 20 years Mr. Coulter has been a member of the Te Aroha Borough Council, and for 16 years he has been Mayor. Mr. Coulter has been a member of the Thames Harbour Board for 14 years, and for four years he wa» chairman. He has been president of the Northern Athletio Union for 16 years.

MR. J. G. BARCLAY Mr. J. G. Barclay, who successfully contested the Marsden seat for Labour, was born in Canterbury, New Zealand, in 1882, being the son of a pioneer family of that district, who farmed tliero for over 30 years. Mr. Barclay lias followed the same occupation at Pukehuia, Northern Wairoa, owning 1600 acres of some of the best farming land in the North. He sold his farm four years ago and retired to live in Whangarei. He served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces from early in 1916 until the end of the war. \lr. Barclay was for six years a director of the Northern Wairoa Go-opera-tivo Dairy Company, Limited, and served lor a term on the Kaipara Hospital Board and the North Auckland Power Board. He has been a member of the Farmers' Union for a number of years. ,He is a member of tho Whangarei Hospital Board and tho Whangarei Borough Council. In 1928 he contested the Kaipara seat against Mr. Coates, who at that time was Prime Minister. MR. C. A. BARRELL Mr. C. A. Barrell, tho Labour candidate who has won the Hamilton seat, was born at Rangiora, Canterbury, in tihe lato 'eighties. After leaving school at Rangiora Mr. Barrell took up farming for a time, but later joined the Railway Department and qualified as» an engineer. Ho was interested in military activities and became staff ser-geant-major in the local unit of the Defence Force. At the ago of 27 years he resigned from the Railway Department and accepted a position with the firm of Booth, McDonald and Company, Limited, soon becoming branch manager at New Plymouth, and later at Auckland. He then went to Invercargill, where he took charge of the firm's engineering works, subsequently being promoted to branch inspector. In 1929 ho commenced business in Hamilton on his own acdount as a trader in farm implements. He is interested in outdoor sports, being president of the Frankton Bowling Club for two years. MR. A. C. A. SEXTON Mr. A. C. A. Sexton, who has won the Franklin seat, was born in Auckland in 1892. After five years at the Auckland Grammar School ho attended lectures at Auckland University College and graduated LL.B. in 1914. Ho served in the Great War, was twice wounded and rose from private to captain. While convalescent ho attended lectures in law in London, and after being discharged from tho Army in 1918, through the loss of a leg as tho result, of his wounds, he passed the LL.M. degree with honours and won the Senior University Scholarship in law for New Zealand for 1919. Since that time he has been practising' law in Auckland. He has resided at Manurewa, in the Franklin electorate, for the~past 14 years. Mr. Sexton has taken an active part in public life, having been chairman of the Manurewa Town Board for six years and for 14 years either president, vice-president or a member of the executive of the Auckland Returned Soldiers' Association. MR. J. THORNE Mr. James Thorne, the new Labour member for Thames, was born in Christchurch in 1882. He was working in the Addington railway workshops when the South African War broke out, and he went with the 3rd New Zealand Contingent as a trumpeter. In 1905, he became a foundation member of the New Zealand Labour Party, and unsuccessfully contested the Christchurch South seat in the election of that year. He again was a candidate in 1908, but polled only 25150 votes. Later, he went to Great Britain and worked as a journalist and speaker for the British Labour Party for several years. Upon his return to New Zealand, he was appointed suit-editor of the Maoriland Worker under the late Mr. H. E. Holland, and when Mr. Holland was elected to Parliament Mr. Thorne became editor. He held this, position for ten years up to 1932, when he was elected national secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, a position he still holds. In 1931 he was a candidate for the Otaki seat, but was defeated.

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NEW PARLIAMENT, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXII, Issue 22278, 28 November 1935

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NEW PARLIAMENT New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXII, Issue 22278, 28 November 1935

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