• HERBEET EDWAED ALPORT. On Thursday last passed away, in the person of Mr Herbert Edward Alport, another who may be classed with the pioneers of Canterbury. Mr Alport arrived in Wellington with his family in 1855, by the New Era, and directly after came on to Lyttelton in the Mountain Maid. He joined his brother, Mr A. J. Alport, in business as merchants and auctioneers, in Norwich Quay, Lyttelton, and remained there for about two years, when he removed to the Marketplace, Christchurch, where he opened an establishment for saddlery and boots and shoes, which in those days was considered extensive. By constant attention to business, and his well-known courteous manner, he succeeded so well that he erected a large warehouse and auction room, at the corner of Armagh and Colombo streets, as well as commodious saleyards for .cattle, and adding the business of auctioneer to that of importer of saddlery and agricultural machinery, he concentrated on the site the largest auctioneering business in the town. During the first rush to the Thames goldfields he followed his fortune there for a while, but subsequently returned to Christchurch and established himself in Hereford street, where he remained to the day of his decease, one of the most genial auctioneers in the city. During his busy life in Christ- , church he had taken an unostentatious but | active part in all movements affecting the i welfare of the place. He tooK his part in j civic work in the Town Council, when Mr i (now Sir John) Hall was Chairman, ! before the town was raised to the j | dignity of a city. For many years he i was the Deputy Provincial Auditor, and retained that office until the abolition of the Provinces. He waß an active member of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association from its foundation, and he will be missed as the genial Marshal of the dairy and produce exhibits, in which department he took the liveliest interest. As an energetic member of the Popular Sports Committee, he did yeoman's service, and was always willing to act in any capacity in which he could be useful. He was one of the first captains of the Fire Police, and during the existence of that body no one was more regular in his attendance, no matter what time of the day or night his services were required. Year after year he had been elected one of the City Auditors, in which capacity he had the confidence of both Council and- ratepayers. He was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, and had filled the office of W.M. of the St Augustine Lodge, as well as that of Senior D.G. Warden in the District Grand Lodge of Canterbury. Mr Alport was always courteous and energetic, and his familiar form and ' genial voice will be missed by many who have been associated with him either in business or private life during the past 31 years.
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In Memoriam., Star, Issue 5692, 9 August 1886
In Memoriam. Star, Issue 5692, 9 August 1886
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