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The Late Harry Allwright.

A.t a few minuhes past 9 a.m. to-d.ij Canterbury was robbed of another of bet very earliest settlers by the death of Mr Harry Allwright, who has been such a prominent figure in the history of the port of Lyttelton ever since the arrival of the historic first four ships. Mr Allwright has been in failing health during the past, three or four months, but about three , weeks ago he had so far recovered from several weeks' sickness a3 to be recommended by his medical adviser to take a trip to Sydney, where it was hoped tbe warmer climate of New South Wales would bring him renewed health and strength. It waa noh to be, however, for upon his arrival at Wellington he waa forbidden by a doctor to pr •- ceed further. Indeed it seems that the short sea trip had exercised anything but a beneficial effect upon him, for it was several dayß before he was able to return to Lyttelton. About ten days ago he was brought back, and at once took up his residence with Mr H. N. Nalder at Christchurch, to Bpend his last dayß, for upon his return from Wellington very little hopes were hald out for his recovery. He appeared to have completely broken up, and he sank gradually until the end came this morning. The subject of this notice, with bis father and mother and brother and sisters, landed at Lyttelton in the . year 1850 by the ship Cressy. Harry was then aged thirteen years, and at once ; went to work with his father as a painter : and glazier. He continued so employed : until his father's death, when he, being tbe ' eldest brother, assumed command of tbe business, which was changed to the name ,of Allwright Broa. Harry at an early age took a keen interest in the affairs of the Port, and was a member of the Municipality of Lyttelton — before it was created a Borough — in the early part of 1868. He was one of the last members elected to the Municipality, for in June, 1868, tbe provisions of the Municipal Corporations Act of ISG7 came into force, and this declared Lyttelton a Borough. He was in those early days, as he proved himself in after life, a most consistent worker for the well-being of the town in which at that time, as may be supposed, the Councillors had many more arduous duties to perform in the making of roads and otherwise improving the primitive appearance of the place than now devolves upon them. In December, 1877, he was elected to the highest civic position the town could honour him with, viz., the Mayoral chair. From 1868 till his death Mr Allright was almost invariably a member of the Council, either as Councillor or Mayor, and in the year 1887 he occupied the latter position upon the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone of the new Courthouse and Council Chambers. In 1865 he made a voyage to the Old Country in the Mermaid—a vessel commanded by Captain Eose, now of Wellington, both the vessel and her commander being at that time well known amongst the early date residents. Upon his return to the Port he joined the ranks of the benedicts, taking for his partner in life Mra Lionß, a widow, who has survived him. In 1873 the deceased gentleman became the representative of Lyttelton in Parliament, beating the sitting member, Mr Murray-Aynsley, and he continued in that capacity until 1887, when he was defeated by the present member, who Bat not as the representative of Lyttelton alone, but as the representative of the surrounding district, the boundaries of which hare been considerably extended. Upon being elected as a member of Parliament, Mr Allwright at once severed himself from his previous business, which was *then conducted by his younger brother, and, as the deceased gentleman had by this time acquired a comfortable competency, he devoted himself exclusively to the interests of the town of Lyttelton. Every movement which was originated for the well being of the place was supported by the deceased, and at the time of his death he was a member of the Charitable Aid Board, Borough Council, Education Board and School Committee, besides holding offices in wellnigh all the recreation Clubs and Societies. Aquatic sport was the deceased gentleman's favourite pastime, and he was President of the Canterbury Yacht Club and a Vice-President of the Lyttelton Eowing j Club, both of which he supported in a most liberal manner. He had always taken the keenest possible interest in that timehonoured event the Lyttelton regatta, and he was one of the early 'Commodores, who in those days dipped their hands pretty deeply into their pockets to make the festival a success. After being relieved of the responsibilities of M.H.E., the deceased made a second trip to the Old Country for the purpose of undergoing a most painful operation, which, although successful, appeared to have left its impressions upon his nervous system ; indeed he might be Baid to have never really recovered from the effects. So at the comparatively early age of fiftyfive passed away oue of the earliest and one of the most energetic of our early settlers ; one whose name, in Lyttelton at least, has been as a household word for the past forty years or so, and one who will surely be missed from many a gathering. Lyttelton has truly lost a good townsman, whom it will indeed be hard to replace. He leaves a widow to mourn his loss, but ;no family. As tokens of respect to the i deceased gentleman, the flags on the ship- j ping and places of business were lowered Ito half-mast, and when the Lyttelton j Court opened Mr A. Chalmera, the preI Biding Justice, in a few appropriate rei marks, adjourned the proceedings, Mr j Allwright being a very old Justice of the j Peace.

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The Late Harry Allwright., Star, Issue 7337, 18 July 1892

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The Late Harry Allwright. Star, Issue 7337, 18 July 1892

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