Mr Edward M'Glashau, who in bygone days filled a not unimportant part in the history of Otago, passed away quietly at his residence, St. Clair, on Wednesday evening. For some years his health has been Buch as to cause his friends a largo amouut cf anxiety, but it was only last week that serious symptoms manifested themselves. Dr Burns waß at once consulted, bnt it was quite appareut that the end was near, and from that time till his death Mr M'Glashan did not regain consciousness. He was born at Edinburgh on December 12, 1817, aud had thus par-seil his 12nd year. H. was fortunate in obt tining an excelknt education and in receiving a mercantile training, which prepared him, in a way that few of the colonists were prepared, for life iv a new country. It was lo -Adelaide that ho Drat emigrated—the period b.iug 1848,—but, after visiting MeiLouru., he came to Otago iv 1850. For a shott time he hidd the oilicu of registrar of tha first Supreme Court in the settlement, presided over by Mr Justice Stepbeu, but sub ..quentiy he leased from Mr Valpy the first Hour mill erected on the Water of Leith. In conjunction wi.h the willing business he canied ou a store and auction room in Priuces street. In 1858 he entered iuto partnerebip with Mr W. Carr Young (whose name cropped up frequently in tha course of the evidence- in the Wiutnill-Galliti esse), and this I'rm carried cv an extensive trade from 1858 until thu dissolution of pirtner.hip soon after the discovery of tlie g.Mli'-ld.. Mr M'Glnshau's energy was next directed towards tho ejtab'.i.hmtnit of another industry in the Lsith Valley, the manufacture of paper—an industry which v still carried ou by Messrs Fr : rgu_3on aud MUcheil on tho same upot. He had a leading _hare iv the establishment and development of many other industries, but iv' the liter years of hi. life he enjoyed the leisure which he had so thoroughly earned. Politically Mr M'Gla-iliau was for nearly a score of years
one of lho mo-1 prominent fignres in the provincial district. He occupied a seat in the first, aud also in the second Provincial Council, but was defeated on seeking election for a new constituency in 1801, and did not recover his seat uutil 1871, from which time he held it until tho abolition of the provinces Jn 1878. For sevend years also ho was a member of the House of Representatives, his last constituency being Roslyn, which he represented from 1871 until the dissolution in 1876 Ho was defeated by Mr Dick upon the ouly occasion upon which he contested the Superintendence. He was twice married—on tbe secoud occasion to a daughter of Mr George B«ll,of this city, who survives him. He was highly esteemed as a citizen, but tbe life of retirement which he led latterly caused him to drop somewhat out of sight. By'his death nno.her of the now slender chain of links, connecting the present with tho past history of Otago, has been severed.
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OBITUARY,, Otago Daily Times, Issue 8562, 2 August 1889
OBITUARY, Otago Daily Times, Issue 8562, 2 August 1889
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