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OBITUARY.

ALFRED LEE SMITH. The death of Mr A. Leo Smith, which occurred at his residence, Anderson Bayyesterday, removes a figure which was for many years one of tho most alert in the business community in Otago and very prominent in local and general politics. Mr Leo Smith was born in Yorkshire £0 years ago, and was privately educated in the Old Country, where he was first engaged on tho London Stock 'Exchange. He emigrated to New "Zealand in 1868, and some five years after his arrival in Christohurch he set up a hrick works, while later he became associated in a similar business at Kensington _in company with Mr J. Fotheringham. His next venture was as a member of the firm of Royse, Stead, and Smith, grain and flour merchants. Subsequently, together with Mr Royse, ho purchased Mr M. Donaghy's interest in the' rope and twine works at South Dunedin which were founded in 1876. The business was subsequently floated into a limited company under the title of M. Donaghy and Co., with Mr Lee Smith as chairman. Before the severance of his connection with this company he started another concern carrying on the cordage business. Mr Lee Smith was also interested in tho Green Island Rollor Mills, of which he was chairman for a number of years. He was chairman of the Mutual Grain Agency, and for 60me time boforo his death was a member of tho board of the Union Steam Ship Comin the direction of which he took part for 10 or 12 years. He was one of the directors of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition,. which was held in Dunedin in 18891890. About this time also ho was a member of the City Council, and, having served for a term in municipal Dolitics, he offered himself as a candidate for Parliament in 1890, standing for Dunedin City, which at that time returned three members. It was the election which witnessed the great Liberal-Labour wave that 6ounded the death knell of tho Atkinson Government and br&ught the Ballanco Government into office. Dunedin el;&cted the three candidates who were associated on the Labour ticket, the voting, as it may be interesting to recall being: D. Pinkerton, 3203; H. S Fish' 2929; W. Hutchison, 2826 .(elected)James Allen, 2486; R. H. Leary, 1837; A. Lee Smith, 1834-. Early in 1892, a - vacancy having occurred in the representation of'Bruce through tho resignation of the late Mr J W. Thomson. Mr' Lee Smith stood in the interests of the Government; and was opposed by Mr (now Sir James) Allen, who after a keen contest, defeated him b.y 1085 votes to 583. Mr Lee Smith did riot again seek election to the Lower House,- but in June, 1898, he was called to tho .Legislative Council, to which ho was nominated by tho Seddon Government. In 1894 ho was sent to Ottawa as tho representative of New Zealand at the Imperial Conference held there in that year. Two. or three years ago, through failing health, Mr Lee Smith retired from active participation in business matters. Ho was married to Miss Elizabeth Sharpe. of Hull, who is left, with one son to mourn her loss. '

Reference was made by tho Mayor (Mr J. J. Clark) last night at the first mcctin" of tho new City Council to the death of Mr Lee Smith. Mr Smith, he said, had been a member of the City Council, a member of Parliament, and one of our keenest and most active business men. He had a recollection of reading some of the very ornate and telling speeches that Mr gave in that chamber. Mr Smith had done good service to the city, and ho moved that the council tender its sincere sympathy to his_ relatives, and instruct tho town clerk to write expressing the condolence of members of the council. The motion was carried hy councillors standing in silcnce.

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OBITUARY., Otago Daily Times, Issue 16994, 3 May 1917

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OBITUARY. Otago Daily Times, Issue 16994, 3 May 1917

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