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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

The Hon. Morgan Stanislaus Grace

The Hon. Morgan Stanislaus Grace, M.D., M.L.C., C.M.G., Count of the Holy Roman Empire, was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1837. He is a son of James Grace, Esq., of Sheffield, Queen's County, Ireland, and was educated at Stoneyhurst, England. Dr. Grace studied for his profession at Dublin, at Paris, and at Edinburgh, obtaining a degree in medicine in the year 1858. He entered the army in the following year as staff-assistant surgeon, April, 1859. Served during the New Zealand war of 1860 under General Pratt in Taranaki, and General Cameron in Waikato, Wanganui, and Taranaki districts (Medal and Cross, Michael and George). Appointed principal medical officer, New Zealand Forces, 1865; M.L.C., 1870: Count of the Holy Roman Empire, 1890. In the year 1866, Dr. Grace took up
The Hon. Morgan Stanislaus Grace

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his abode in Wellington, and at once commenced the practice of his profession. In 1870 he received the following letter from Sir William Fox, the then Premier of the Colony: — “Government Office, Welling ton, 31st of March, 1870. My Dear Sir, — The Government contemplate adding the names of several gentlemen to the Legislative Council, and it is the unanimous desire of the Ministry that yours should be one of them. Will you oblige me by letting me know whether it will be agreeable to you that this should be done. Believe me, yours very truly (signed), William Fox.—M. S. Grace, Esq., M.D.” The appointment so graciously offered by the Premier was accepted by Dr. Grace. He has always been remarkable in the Council for his independent views and occasional caustic wit and fiery eloquence. Dr. Grace has ever been prominent in connection with some of the most important institutions of the Colony, and for the last twenty-five years has been on the New Zealand Board of that splendid colonial institution, the Australian Mutual Provident Society. For ten years of this period he has occupied the position of chairman with distinguished ability. He has been untiring in his efforts to promote the wellbeing of this Society, and at the general meeting of the members in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1892, when the general credit of New Zealand was bitterly attacked, he was able to make the following reply: “The honourable gentleman says the finances of New Zealand have reached the bed-rock. Sir, it is so. We in New Zealand have touched the bed-rock, and there in our economy and industry we have struck gold. I am proud to say that of the million of your money we have invested in New Zealand we have never lost five pounds (£5), and have never once foreclosed on a mortgage, and when I add that I have been a local director from the opening of the branch, you will at once understand how proud I feel of my stewardship.” In 1866 Dr. Grace married the eldest daughter of the Hon. John Johnston, M.L.C., of Wellington, New Zealand, and has nine children, of whom the eldest daughter married Mr. C. P. White, C.E., in the services of the Prince of Morvi, Kattiawar Peninsula, Bombay, and the eldest son, Dr. John Johnston Grace is an F.R.C.S.