THE AVON ELECTORATE.
At noon to-day, the public nomination of candidatsa for the Avon seat took place in the Schoolroom, at Riccarton, where there was an unusually large attendance of electors. Mr P. J. Kimbell, the ReturningOfficer presided, and opened the proceedings in the usual way. Mr H. J. Hall then ro?e and proposed Mr W. Dunlop as a fit and proper person to represent the Avon district in the Assembly. He said he was aware that Mr Dunlop had not as jet been a tried man m the House, but had taken an active part in the management of local institutions for many years. In every case Mr Dunlop had acted in such a manner as to give very great satisfaction to the ratepayers. As Mr Dunlop would presently address th 3 electors he (Mr Hall) would not speak of that gentleman's political views, though he had at first intend* d to do so. He hoped Mr Dunlop would go into the House unpledged to support any Ministry, but prepared to vote for those measures wbich would be for the benefit of the country. He had much pleasure in proposing Mr Dunlop. (Applause.) Mr W. Biag had very great pleasure in seconding the nomination of Mr Dunlop, who might not be as well known to some in the district as he was to him (Mr Boag) who had known him for twenty or perhaps twenty-five years, and had always found him to be a conscientious, energetic, and thoroughly honest man. Mr Dunlop had accumulated considerable property amongst them, and this would make his interests identical with theirs. (Applause.) As his proposer had just said, Mr Dunlop had been fairly well tried as Chairman of the Avon Road Board, as a member of the Drainage Board, and as a member of the Selwyn County Council, and in every one of these positions he had given satisfaction. Mr Dnnlop was one of the oldest Colonists we had, and knew thoroughly the waDts of the district. He hoped Mr Dunlop would be placed at the top of the poll, as he w»b just the man that the district wanted. (Applause.) Mr George King eaid that it had fallen to him, as one among the many admirers of Mr Blake to propose that gentleman as a fit and proper person to represent the district of Avon, and he did so with very great pleasure. (Applause ) With regard to Mr Blake's experience and capacity for the position he might say that for come years past he had known that gentl^mm) who had proved himself to be a business man in every sense of the word — (applause) — and a representative man as far us that district was concerned. He (Mr King) had met Mr Blake on the Road Board cluiing the past year, when he had shown himself the essence of straightforwardness, and to be possessed of business capacity. Mr Blake was an old resident there, having been among them for twenty or twenty - fire yeare. For many years he had been engaged with the Government, and had hob - nobhed with the present leaders in the House. He would, therefore, know to a certain extent the necessary routine. He (Mr King) need not particularise further than to cay that for five years Mr Blake had engaged in conetructing the West Coast road, either as a contractor or on behalf of the Government. The Government bad appreciated his character so far that they entrusted him with the charge of six hundred men, and a proportionate amount of material. In proposing Mr Blake, he had no wish to find fault with Mr Dunlop, who was one of the best neighbours a man could have ; but in these times of economy andretrenchment.it wsb necessary to have a man who could see his way clear, and who bad some knowledge to go upon. (Applause.)
Mr W. Biiley had very much pleasure in seconding Mr Blake's nomination. Be thought that by sending that gentleman to the General Assembly they would be putting the right man in the right place. He knew Mr Blake to be a thoroughly honest and straightforward man, who was not going to be turned one way or the other against his own inclination. (Applause.) He thought they could thoroughly rely upon Mr Blake to carry out the wishes of the district, he was able and willing to do bo. They would find that air Blake would make his mark at Wellington. If he should once go there, tin district would be so well satisfied with him that the people would be sure to send him back again. It would be superfluous for him (Mr Bailey) to say any more, as Mr Blake was so well known throughout the district (Applaiise.) He hoped to see him returned by an overwhelming majority. (Applause.) Mr Dunlop addressed the meeting at some length, and was followed by Mr Blake, the latter declaring himself a staunch supporter of the present Government, at any rate for this session.
The Returning- Officer called fora show of hands, the result of which he declared to be Dunlop ... ... ... ... 25 Blake 22 The announcement was received with applause. Messrs King and Bailey on behalf of Mr Blake, demanded a poll.
The Retnrning-Officer announced that the poll would be taken on Wednesday next between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and that he would declare the state of the poll at noon on Thursday, June 2, in that room.
Mr Dunlop said the district had been hardiy treated in having only two polling booths. There should be at least four, and this increase would be a great boon and convenience to the electors. If in order, he would call the Returning- Officer's attention to this matter. He concluded by moving a hearty vote of thanks to the Returning-OfEcer. The vote wa3 carried by acclamation. The R'jturning-Offioer said he had represented to the Government the necessity for one or more additional polling places being appointed. He should be very happy to again recommend their being made.
This closed the proceedings.
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THE AVON ELECTORATE., Star, Issue 5937, 25 May 1887
THE AVON ELECTORATE. Star, Issue 5937, 25 May 1887
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