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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.

The following sketches of members are from the Oiago Daily Times :— HE DAVID FINKERTON was bora at the village ot Kirknewton and parish of the same name (nine miles west of Edinburgh city), county of Midlothian, Scotland, on Sept. 26, 1836. He received his primary education at the parish school — the head master of which, at that time, was our respected fellowtovrnsman, Dr Hislop — and afterwards at several private schools. He subsequently learnt the trade of bootmaking, an occupation which he has followed to the present day, with the exception of a short period during the goldfields rush in Otago early in the 'GO's. So ha 3 been a resident in the city for thirty years, and for many years past he has taken an active part in friendly societies and labour organisations. 'At present he holds the office of President of the Trades and Labour Council of Otago. MR W. HUTCHISON, one o£ the labour representatives for Dunedin, is so well known as to scarcely require notice. Born in Morayßhire, Scotland, he early showed his bent for journalism, and occupied various positions on papers in Scotland and Ireland, and wrote some pamphlets on the poor laws and education. Emigrating to the colony in 1866, he was connected with the Southern Cross in Auckland, and subsequently bought the Wanganui Chronicle. He entered politics a3 a member of the Wellington Provincial Council, and wa3 elected Mayor of Wanganui. On. removing to Wellington he started the Tribune newspaper. He was elected Mayor of Wellington five times. He entered the House of Eeprosentatives in 1876, and was a member of the Education Board from its institution till he removed to Dunedin in 1884. Ho was unsuccessful for Eoslyn at last general election. He was first President of the Protection League of Ofcago, and is now President of the Industrial League of New Zealand, and President of two Trades Unions. SIR S. W. THOMSON, Hihe chosen of Bruce, is a Scotchman, about sixty years of age, and took the degree of M.A. at Edinburgh University. He came to New Zealand in 1859, and settled in the Clutha district. In 18G-4 he was elected to the Provincial Council and continued to hold his seat till the abolition in 1870. Clutha preferred him to the late Mr James Macandrew for the honour of M.H.R., and he represented the district till 1887, when Mr T. Mackenzie defeated him. When the convention met in Dunedin in 1876 to protest against abolition, Mr Thomson was elected President. In 1877 Mr Thomson joined the Grey Ministry as Minister of Lands, and ho had, as mover of a noconfidence motion in the first Stout-Vogel Government, the opportunity of forming a Cabinet, but was not successful in the attempt. MR J. KELLY, who has been elected in the interests of the Labour Party for Invercargill, was born in Carluke. Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1555. Left an orphan at fourteen to fight his own battle in life, his education was limited to that imparted at the village school. Serving bis apprenticeship to tlte tailoring, he left Scotland for New Zealand, arriving in 1875. He took an interest in public affairs, and was elected as Councillor in the South Invercargill Borough Council, and afterwards as Mayor of the same borough. He is Secretary of the Southland Trades and Labour Council and Chairman of the Southland Branch of the Amalgamated Society of Eailway Servants. Of course Mr Kelly is opposed to the preaent Government. SIR GEOEGE HENRY SWAN, elected for Napier, is a native of Newcastle, England, and ia a brother o£ tne well-known inventor of the incandescent electric lamps. He was formerly a photographer, but for about fourteen years has been a brewer. He has taken prominent part in local politics for many years, and ia a member of moat of the local bodies. He has been Mayor for six years. He is a fair public speaker, and an excellent worker on Committees. Ho will support the Ministry a3 now constituted, but holds himself independent in the event of reconstruction.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES., Star, Issue 7030, 8 December 1890

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Star, Issue 7030, 8 December 1890

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