The Cause of Relief.
Mr. Sullivan's happy relationship with the people of his city was strengthened greatly by his wife's self-sacrificing work on behalf of the citizens during the distressing years 1931–35. Their lives over that period were completely devoted to te needs of the people, regardless of all other considerations,
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A Gods Train Crossing The Makatote Viaduct (260 Ft. High), North Island Main Trunk Line New Zealand.
including their own health. Daily and nightly the tales of distress were heard and necessary action taken to assuage the sorrow and distress of hundreds. Something like £75,000 was raised and distributed for charitable purposes by the Mayor in Christ-church. Addresses from the citizens have expressed the profound gratitude of the people for the unstinting sacrifices of time and energy which made possible the raising of such liberal funds to relieve hardship, and also recognition of the tact and courageous handling of such difficult problems which prevented disorder and kept the fair name of the city unblemished. No former mayor had been called upon to administer the affairs of the city under such trying circumstances.
I should have mentioned in an earlier part of this sketch the brilliant journalistic work of Mr. Sullivan. On the Christchurch “Sun” he gained a high reputation for his business capacity and also for his news sense and his solid work as a writer of articles on subjects of the day. Had he not been impelled irresistibly into Parliamentary life he would have made a great newspaper editor.