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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Mr. W. C. F. Carncross, — Taieri

page 42

Mr. W. C. F. Carncross,


Mr. W. C. F. Carncross,

Mr. W. C. F. Carncross,

Mr. Walter C. F. Carncross was born at Bendigo, Victoria, in 1853, and is thus 42 years of age. He came with his parents to this Colony in 1862, and after obtaining a fair education partly learned the printing trade. He then devoted himself to the stationery trade in Dunedin, becoming salesman and commercial traveller for Wise and Company. As years rolled by he devoted himself to literary pursuits, contributing frequently to country newspapers. With considerable pluck and under difficulties, he in 1881 established at Mosgiel, near Dunedin, the Taieri Advocate, a paper which he still owns and edits. He contested the Taieri seat in 1884 and 1887 against Mr. Fulton, being defeated the first time by 76 votes, and the second time by only 7 votes. In 1890 there were four candidates, and Mr. Carncross scored an easy victory. He has been connected with various Friendly Societies, was a member of the local Borough Council and Licensing Committee, is a prominent member of the district Racing Club, and holds a commission as Captain of the Taieri Rifles.

Result of General Election, 1893:—
Carncross, W. C. F. 1400 Returned.
Buckland, J. C. 1324 Defeated.

Votes recorded, 2724; on roll, 3565. Women on roll, 1356, of whom 1117 voted.