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DEATH AT 92

FORMER BLACK ROD MR. A. T. BOTHAMLEY LONG PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE [nV TELEGRAPH —OWN CORRESPONDENT] WELLINGTON. Sunday The death has occurred at the age of 92 of Mr. Arthur Thomas Bothaniley, 1.5.0., who was for 45 years an outstanding figure in tho Parliamentary life of New Zealand, having been Gentleman Usher of the Black Pod from 1892 to 19:57. Mr. Bothamley was born on St. Andrew's Day, November 130, at Champion Hill, Surrey, England, being one of a family of 17 children. When 22 years of ago ho left England on a recuperative trip to Victoria and Tasmania. Within a year or two he visited New Zealand, and liked the country and its pioneer people. Ho joined the civil servico as a clerk under the lato Sir .Tames Hector, who was Director of Geological Survey and manager of the New Zealand Institute. Rapid Promotion In 1871 Mr. Bothamley was appointed an extra clerk in the Legislative Council. Promotion was rapid, and within seven years he became Clerk Assistant to tho Legislative Council, and held that position until his retirement in 1925. In addition to that servico, however, Mr. Bothamley acted as private secretary to the late Sir John Hall, who was then Premier, during the Parliamentary recess in IS7B.

For two years Mr. Bothamley also acted as Clerk of Parliaments and as Clerk of tho Legislative Council for three years. In 1892 he was appointed to the position of Gentleman "Usher of the Black Rod. The honour of the Imperial Service Order was conferred on Mr. Bothamley in 1924. Other Activities Mr. Bothamley's activities were not confined to Parliamentary duties, however. In his time he was acting-regis-trar of the University of New Zealand, acting-editor of New Zealand Institute publications, acting-Government meteorologist, acting-curator of the Dominion Museum, acting-secretary to the Cabinet, private secretary to the Prime Minister, and representative of New Zealand at the Philadelphia Exhibition, where he was awarded a medal of honour.

Mr. Bothamley married Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. Thomas Poulton, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England, and there are four sons and two daughters of the marriage. Two of his sons are in the Parliamentary service, Mr. C. M. Bothamley, being Clerk of Parliaments, and Lieutenant-Commander G. F. Bothamley Assistant Clerk of the House of Representatives.

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DEATH AT 92, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXV, Issue 23224, 19 December 1938

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DEATH AT 92 New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXV, Issue 23224, 19 December 1938

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