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OBITUARY.

MR JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE. An old and respectcd citizen of.Dunedin passed away at 4 a.m. yesterday in the person of Mr Joseph Braithwaite. Apparently in good health and in the possession of his accustomed vigour, Mr Braithwaite became ill about 11 o'clock on Monday night at his rcsidenco at St. Clair, and Dr Lindou, v.-ho was summoned, found that ho was prostrated from haemorrhage of the brain, from which he died as stated. He had a slight stroke of about 10 years ago. but lie was to all outward appearances a'halo m>an, and his sudden death will have come as a shock to people who have been in the habit of seeing him dailv in the streets of the city. Mr Braithwaite was born at Penrith, Westmorland, in 1848, and, emigrating with his parents to Melbourne in 1852, lie arrived in Dunedin in 1860 with his father and step-mother. His mother 'had died during the voyage to Australia. When ho was only 15 years of. age the death of Ins father occurred. Mr Braithwaite commenced in business as a bookseller in Farley's arcade, but as his trade increased he removed to more extensive premises at the corner of tho Arcade and High street, whero he remained for upwards of 20 years, when a further change was mado to the present location in Princes street. About two years ago tho business was floated into a company with Mr Braithwaite as consulting director. A man with the welfare of the community at heart, Mr Braithwaite became a valued member of the City Council, to which he was elected in 1901 as membqr for High Ward and re-elected in 1903. In 1905-6 Mr Braithwaite occupied the Mayoral chair, to which he was elected without opposition—a rare compliment in times when tho mayoralty was keenly sought, after. He occupied a seat on tho Domain Board for three years. Ho took a deep interest in church matters, and was a member of the Anglican Synod continuously from the time of his appointment in 1892. He was also a member of tho City Mission Committeand of tho committee of the Bible in State Schools League, and at one time he sat on tin.- City Licensing Committee. He was a Past (Irand Master of tho 1.0.0. F. lAmericiiii constitution), and was recently elcctcd a life member of that order. As vice-pre-sident of the Otago .Football Association for some years ho evinced a live interest in that branch of sport. He was chairman of the Empire Pictures Company. Mr Braithwaite was married early in life to Miss Bellctt, and of a large family 10 survive These arc Mrs W. Man son (tondonh Mrs W. R. Strang (Auckland), Mrs L' R fcuteliffe [Wellington). Mrs R. Trembath vDunedin), ivlr Percy Braithwaite, Mr Warwick Braithwaite, Mr Eric Braithwaite, Mr iS cvillc Br.iifchwaite, and Ttcwi and Kodcrick.

I'ive sons volunteered for tho front, four have seen active ft-rvice, of whom two paid the major sacrifice, and one (Warwick, who proceeded Home to study music) was »c----joeted as medically unfit when lie enlisted in England A grandson of Mr Braithwaite was also lolled at tho front. Mr Braithwaite displayed tho finest traits of good citizenship, and, tho possessor of a mind cultured and broadened by wide reading, ho exerted a considerable amount of influence in the communitv. He took a great pride in his home life, and his familiar figure will bo missed by tho public at large.

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OBITUARY., Otago Daily Times, Issue 16964, 28 March 1917

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OBITUARY. Otago Daily Times, Issue 16964, 28 March 1917

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