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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]

Oamaru In Parliament — The Hon. Thomas Young Duncan

Oamaru In Parliament.

The Hon. Thomas Young Duncan , Minister of Lands and Agriculture, and Commissioner of Forests, has represented the Oamaru district in the House of Representatives since the general election of 1890, and was previously member of the House for the Waitaki electorate for nine years. He was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1836, and educated at the local National school. Mr. Duncan was brought up to farming, and arrived in 1858, in Victoria, where be followed goldmining for four years, when he came to Otago, and went to the Dunstan “rush.” In 1864 Mr. Duncan purchased 105 acres of land at Pukeuri, where he has since resided, though he has acquired an additional 500 acres elsewhere. Mr. Duncan has long taken an interest in public affairs, having been a member of the first local school committee, and of one of the first road boards in the county; also a member of the Waitaki County Council and the Oamaru Harbour Board. He was first returned to the House of Representatives in 1881, at the same time as the late Sir John McKenzie, and has consistently worked in the interests of the Liberal Government. Mr. Duncan has long been a member of the committee of the North Otago Agricultural and Pastoral Association. He married a daughter of Mr. J. Begg, of Ballater, near Balmoral, Scotland, and has three daughters and one son.