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OBITUARY.

MR WILLIAM HUTCHISON. Very sincere and general regret will be felt by a large section of the public to j learn of the death of Mr William Hutchison a very well-known and widelyrespected member of the community, who, having been in indifferent health for a considerable time, passed away rather suddenly at his residence, Queen street, on Sunday evening. The late Mr William Hutchison was born in the parish of Bellie, Banffshire, Scotland, in 1821, and was in his eightyfifth frear at the time of his death. He was educated in his native place and in I Inverness, and chose journalism as his profession. Mir Hutchison came out to Auckland in 1866 — the year after the transfer of the seat of Government to Wellington, — under engagement with Messrs Creighton and Scales, proprietors of the Southern Cross newspaper. A few months after his. arrival he was appointed to the editorship of the Wanganui Chronicle, which journal he conducted for about nine years. Mr Hutchison first entered political life as representative of Wanganui in the Wellington' Provincial Council, in the deliberations of which he took an active part for some years. He left Wanganui — of which he had been Mayor — for Wellington in 1874, and founded a. daily papercalled the Tribune, which he successfully conducted for four years, when he disposed of it to the late Mr E. T. Gillon and others. During his residence in Wellington n© became Mayor of that city, being elected to fcba office on five separate occasions. He was first elected Mayor of Wellington in December, 1875, succeeding Mr W. S. { iWoodhouse, and was re-elected in the fol-

lowing yeir. -On the resignation of Mr Dransfield in May, 1379, Mr Hutchison was again returned, and at the annual elections in 1879 and 1880 was again elected ; also, during his residence m Wellington, the late Mr Hutchison was returned to the House of Representatives in 1879 as memfjer for that constituency, retaining the seat till 1882. In 1882 he was elected for Wellington South, which he represented for three years. He removed to Dunedin in 18S4-, and engaged in his profession as a journalist. As one of the parliamentary members for Dunedin City from 1890 to 1896 Mr Hutchison will long be remembered. Though defeated at the general election of 1896, he occupied a very creditable position on the poll, and at the byceleetion in the following year would probably have been elected had a third party .not entered the contest. Mr Hutchison had latterly lived in retirement for several years, the. nature of his illness necessitating his leading a quiet existence. His mental faculties, however, notwithstanding his advanced age, remained unimpaired, as frequent contributions by him lo the local press bore evidence. In fact, absolutely | the last active work he did prior to the attack that unfortunately proved fatal was to conclude a letter to the Otago Daily Times. At the time of his "death he was an ordained elder of Knox Church, and had been an ordained elder for over half a century; He was also a member of the Committee of the Danedin City Mission and a member of the Dempse.y Trust. The bite Mr Hutchiscn was married on August 12, 1846 to Miss Helen Aicheson, of Inverness, his wife predeceasing him by nearly five years. He leaves a family of four sons and four daughters. Of the former, the eldest son, Mr George Hutchison, formerly M.H.R. for Patea, is now in London ; the second, Mr Thomas Hutchison, is stipendiary magistrate at New Plymouth; the third, Mr William Hutchison, is in Johannesburg;; and the fourth is Mr James Hutchison, of the Otago Daily Times editorial staff.

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OBITUARY., Otago Witness, Issue 2699, 6 December 1905

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OBITUARY. Otago Witness, Issue 2699, 6 December 1905

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