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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Present Members Of The Legislative Council

Present Members Of The Legislative Council.

The Hon. Thomas Kelly was called to the Legislative Council on the 16th of October, 1899. He is referred to in another paragraph as a former member of the House of Representatives.

The Hon. Walter Charles Frederick Carncross was called to the Legislative Council in March, 1903. He was born at Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, in 1855, and arrived, with his parents, in Dunedin, when he was seven years of age. For many years he was engaged in the stationery and printing business, and became connected with journalism, as an occasional contributor to the late Thomas Bracken's “Saturday Advertiser,” and other newspapers. Later on, he joined the staff of the “Waitangi Tribune,” at Waimate. In 1878, he returned to Dunedin, and founded a weekly journal known as “The Penny Post.” A year later, he established the “Taieri Advocate,” which he conducted for twenty years. During this period, Mr. Carncross entered political life, and contested six elections. In the first two he was defeated, but he was successful in each case afterwards, and sat in Parliament for twelve years as the representative of Taieri, and for a portion of that time he acted as Government whip. Mr. Carncross was for fifteen years captain of the East Taieri Rifles, and is now on the unattached list. Having sold out his interest in the “Taieri Advocate,” he removed to Taranaki, settled at Eltham, and became proprietor of the “Eltham Argus,” in October, 1901. In 1883, he married a daughter of the late Mr. R. Johnston, of Dunedin, and has two sons and two daughters.

The Hon. Henry Scotland was called to the Legislative Council by the Stafford Ministry on the 24th of February, 1868, when he was a resident of Taranaki, with which he is still (1906) politically connected, and where he continued to reside until recent years. Mr. Scotland has latterly resided at Pahi, Kaipara, in the provincial district of Auckland.