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MR. H. C. TEWSLEY

HIS RECORD.

MR H. C. TEWSLEY as the Liberal candidate for the Waitemata electorate. He has many special claims to the consideration of the elector, the elector in the bulk desiring, if not demanding, that his representative shall be a man of education, high principle, and wide experience. • • • Mr "Tewsley has a record of which any citizen might easily be proud, and,, as a proportion of the electors of Waitemata irr not acquainted with it, it is right that they should know the reasons which prompt him to seek a place in Parliament. He earnestly believes that his long commercial training, his knowledge of public life, the experience he has gained in various public bodies will be useful in Parliament. • » a Mr Tewsley was born in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1858, and with has parents left that city m 1863 for Dunedin, where his early years were spent. As a tad he entered the employ of Messrs Sargood, Son and Ewen, and successively occupied every grade in that great business, from salesman to a confidential post on the financial side. • '. • Mr Tewsley was sent from Dunedin to Aiickland by his firm to extend its business, and, during the nineteen years that he represented it in this city, it expanded enormously. It was during this period of nineteen yeare that Mr Tewsley, although an extremely busy man, gave his spare time to public matters, and exhibited that grasp of public questions and necessities that marked him as so specially qualified for pxiblic life. The firm he so ably represented] during this period acquired Messrs McArthur's and Messrs Owen and Graham's business. • • » Mr Tewsley had established himself in the affection and esteem of the Axicklandi public, but it became necessary for him to "pull up stakes" for business reasons. The Wellington branch needed his virile aid, and he was dispatched to the capital as a director. Under his .able administration the business was improved and extended. • .si m Mr Tewsley, while in Wellington, contracted a most serious illness, so in 1912 he found it necessary, for the sake of his health, to return to this city, where he has recovered a large measure of that vitality for which he has always been noted, and where he has, as so many of the public are aware, evinced a renewed interest in the welfare of this city and its suburbs. * * • Mr Tewsley has been a highly enthusiastic volunteer soldier, and began his military training as a cadet. He was formerly in tlie "B" Battery Royal New Zealand Field Artillery Volunteers, and later belonged to the Southland Hussars, one of the few cavalry corps in New Zealand, and which has a record of which any voluntary military body might be justly proud. He was offer-

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Ed a majority and the command of the "0" Battery Royal Field Artillery Volunteers at Auckland by Colonel Banks, then commanding this district, but did not accept, as he found the discipline lax, and. the work of bringing it up to the standard of efficiency was too great for a man whose time was so fuJly occupied. He has kept up his interest in matters military, and has been closely identified with the work for the Veterans' Home and with the Navy League. ■ • ■ Mr Tewsley has been for many years on the Council of the Chamber of Commerce where his skill has been very frequently demonstrated. During his residence in Wellington he was chairman of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and an exceedingly able commercial advocate not only for individual parts but for the whole of the Dominion. He held the chairmanship for two> successive years entirely to the satisfaction of the Chamber and with distinction to himself. He was also a member of that important body, the Wellington Harbour Board, a body which undertook exceedingly important work during his membership and whose progressive policy had his earnest aid and support. • • R Mr Tewsley is a trained accountant accustomed for many years to careful business analyses andl therefore belonging to the most competent class of business men. His assistance to his fellow accountants has been gratefully acknowledged. He threw himself with characteristic ardour into> his work for their advancement and assisted materially in the passage of tlie New Zealand Society of Accountants' Act. He was the first president of this society. At a very notable farewell given to Mr Tewsley by Auckland business men where all the leading citizens of the city met to do him honour prior to his departure for Wellington Mr Massey said he regarded' Mr Tewsley as one of Auckland's most prominent and useful citizens. "As for the Auckland Railway League," continued' the member for Franklin, "no man had done so much in promoting its objects. He hoped the time would come when Mr Tewsley would enter the House. He felt sure that any electorate in the province would be glad to be able to return him. Hie place in the community would be hard' to fill, but his friends andl the citizens of Auckland would join hands in wishing him every prosperity." Mr A. M. Myers the Mayor of the period, presided over the function. * • • Mr Tewsley received a farewell when he left Wellington to return to Auckland equally cordial. A banquet attended by all the leading merchants of the Empire city was tendered to him. Sir Joseph Ward, one of the guests, highly complimented Mr Tewsley on tlie services he had publicly rendered'as a citizen of Auckland and of Wellington. He was also entertained by other bodies, including the Drapers' Association. Mr Tewsley's return as M..P. would ensure to that electorate the use of the talents that have made him so extensively serviceable.

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MR. H.C. TEWSLEY, Observer, Volume XXXV, Issue 14, 12 December 1914

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MR. H.C. TEWSLEY Observer, Volume XXXV, Issue 14, 12 December 1914

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