GEORGE HART. One of the earliest colonists, in the perT 2& ;F r . 1 1.c? c £ rgo ,, Httlli ' who taa been identified with New Zealand for more than fifty years, and who, until lately, wan a well-known figure in Canterbury, passed away on Monday. Mr Hart was i born in London in 1820, and came out to the colony with bis brother, the late Hon Robert Hart, in May, 1843. The two brothers settled in Wellington, and for some years both took an active part in the pabliq life of the young colony. Both occupied many prominent positions, and Mr George Hart waa speaker of the Wellington Provincial Council for some time. About the year 1849 he visited England, but returned to the colony the next year in the Phoebe Dunbar, arriving in Lyttelton a few weeks before the historical first four ships, and formed one of the committee to welcome the Canterbury Pilgrims. He decided, to settle in this province, and took up the Winchmore Estate in the Ashburton district, as well as several other properties. He sat in the Provincial Council for many years up to the time of the abolition of the Provinces, and was a prominent member of the Land Board. In 1876 he represented Aehburton in the House of Representatives. For the last ten years he had retired from active political work, but continued to take a keen interest in all matters that affected the welfare of the colony i During the past year he had been afflioted with a protracted and at times painful illness, which he bore with the utmost patience. He was a man of kindly disposition and did a good deal, in an unobtrusive way, for charity. In 1859 he married Miss Kemson-Jamea, of Sydney, and leaves a widow and grown-up' family to mourn their loss. The funeral will leave the late residence of deceased at 2 p.m. to-day for the Linwood Public Cemetery. [Peb Pbksb Association. J AUCKLAND, August 20. Mr Reader Gilhon Wood died te-night, aged seventy-four. He arrived in Auckland in 1844, and as Lieutenant Wood commanded the artillery volunteers at the disastrous engagement of Ohaewai Pah in the year 1845. He was a member of the Provincial Counoil, and in 1860 was returned to the General Assembly as member for Parnell. He was Colonial Treasurer in the Fox-Domett and WhitakerFox Ministries, and went Home and floated a £3,000,000 loan at the outbreak of the Waikato war. Of late years he lived in retirement. He leaves a widow, eon and two grandchildren. For many years he was a prominent figure in public life.
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OBITUARY., Star, Issue 5342, 21 August 1895
OBITUARY. Star, Issue 5342, 21 August 1895
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