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Mr M. M. Kirkbride, M.H.R. for Manukau, died ro-day, aged 58 ye»rs. Ho left Wellington in bad health some time before the session was over, and wt» recently removed into a private hospital for treatment. The funeral takes place or* Tuesday afternoon. Mr Kirkbridc was an old colonist of the best type, and took great interest in agricultural matters. He> won the respect of people of all shades of political opinion. Mr Matthew Middlewood KirkoTide was born at Ulleskelf, in Yorkshire, on August 13, 1848, and w«s therefore 58 years of age> He arrived at Auckland »n July, 1863, and was first employed by Mr Alfred Buckland at East Tamaki, where cattle were being landed for the use of the troops. A few months later be, with the other members of his family, settled at Little Omaha. where they carried on bush farming untit 1872, when they removed to Mangere. In 1874- Mr Kirkbride married and -went to> the Manawatu district, but in 1879 he returned to the Auckland district, and settled down at Mangere. Mr Kirkbride, whoop posed the Liberal Administration, was^ first elected to Parliament at tho general election in 1902, when he defeated Sir Maurice O'Rorke by 2304 votes to 2127, and he was again returned at the general election last year, when he defeated Mr Stewartby 2977 votes to 2334. CFbom Oub Own Correspoiident.) CHRISTCHURCH, November 5. Although the news of Mr Kirkbride'* death did not come as a surprise to Mr Massey, Leader of the Opposition, he was pained and bhoeked that an almost lifelong; friend should have passed away in his absence. The late Mr Kirkbride and Mr Massey were - almost neighbours, and have been closely associated in business and in local government affairs for a long time. Then in the political arena Mr Kirkbrid» was a member of Mr Massey's party. Speaking of him Mr Massey said: — " Matthew Kirkbride was one of the most useful men in Parliament. He was a «man of sound judgment and sterling integrity, and he had a strong sympathy for the settlers in the out-districts. His death wilt be eincerelv regretted not only by the people on his own side in politics, but also by those who support the Government, who often came to him for advice when measures affecting local government were before the House. In his first session in Parliament he managed to place a very useful piece of legislation on the Statute Book, in tho shape of the Mutual Fire Insurance Act. which allows residents in country distnetsto combine for the purpose of fire insurance. The act is becoming very popular, and is now in operation in most of the> provincial districts of the colony. Last session he got through a very useful amendment to the Government Valuation of Land Act. Mr Kirkbride was a representative of the district in which I live, and was. one ot my closest personal friends of many years' standing. He was one of the men who persuaded me to become a candidate for Parliament in 1893, when I first entered: polities. We had worked together quite, a number of years on local bodies and as members of the executive of the Auckland Agricultural and Pastoral Association." Mr Massey cancelled all his remainingengagements in Canterbury, and left by to--night's steamer for the north. Through the donation of a sum approximating £400 the Director of Education in South Australia has been enabled to prepare a scheme for the distribution of free copies of the New Testament throughout public schools of the State. It has not yet beon decided where the seven chamois which the Emperor of Austria 1 Ls sending to New Zealand will be located. I The Tourist Department has been kept posted concerning the details of the shipment, which is being made through tha High Commissioner. It is proposed to send the Austrian Emperor a number of New 1 Zealand birds and tuatarae.

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DEATH OF AN M.H.R. AUCKLAND, November 4., Otago Witness, Issue 2747, 7 November 1906

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DEATH OF AN M.H.R. AUCKLAND, November 4. Otago Witness, Issue 2747, 7 November 1906