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FORMER MINISTER

DEATH AT TAi'IiAXUA HON. C. E. MACMILLAN LONG SERVICE TO COMMUNITY The death occurred at Tauranga yesterday of the Hon. Charles Fdward Maemilhin. formerly Minister of Agriculture and Mines in the Reform Government. Throne!.out his life he took a prominent, part in local affairs in the Hay of Plenty, and in the organisation of farming activities. Mr. Macmillan was born in the Danish West Indies in December, 1872. at. St. Croix, where his father was a paymaster in the British Navy and later a sugar planter. His mother was the Baroness Marie de la liarca. He was educated at a hoarding school in England and afterwards privately in New Zealand. Owing to heavy losses arising from a negro insurrection at St. Croix, Mr. Macmillan, senior, decided to come to New Zealand and the family settled at Katikati in 1881. At the age of 21 Mr. Macmillan purchased a mixed farm at .Katikati and a dairy farm at Papamoa. In .1919 he acquired property at (Late Pa near Tauranga. In 1900 he had married Miss Ethel Latham, of Ngaruawahia. As a young man he was elected to the Katikati Road Board, and in 1900 promoted the Katikati Co-operative Dairy Company, of which he became a director and secretary.

Mr. Macmillan moved to Tauranga in 1908 and there founded the East Coast Shipping Company, which succeeded in reducing freights by 50 per cent. He became a director and secretary of the Tauranga. Co-operative Dairy Association, and so'-iotar- cf the Bay of Plenty .Jockey (dub. He served on tin; Tauranga Borough Council for 12 years and was Mayor of the borough from lido to 1017. He was also a county councillor and a member of the local Harbour Board and Hospital Board. The by-election through which in 192-'5 he entered into Dominion politics was one of the most historic in New Zealand records, for the seat was challenged by the late Sir Joseph Ward and all the forces of his party. Mr. Macmillan won by a majority of 1106 votes. He held the seat until in 1935 he was defeated by the Labour candidate. Mr. ('. H. Burnett. From 1932 until 193/) he held the portfolios of Agriculi ure and Mines. Mr, Macmillan is survived by his wife, one son, Mr. Latham Macmillan, of Katikati, and two daughters.

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FORMER MINISTER, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 23860, 10 January 1941

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FORMER MINISTER New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 23860, 10 January 1941

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