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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Mr. J. Graham, — Nelson

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Mr. J. Graham,


Mr. J. Graham,

Mr. J. Graham,

John Graham was born at Riwaka, near Nelson, in the forties. His father was one of the first settlers under the New Zealand Company, and arrived in Nelson in 1842. The present member for Nelson received his education at private schools, and at a comparatively early age was apprenticed to the business of a tinsmith. Arrived at manhood's estate he started in business for himself, and has carried on successfully as a manufacturer of tinware, &c. A number of years ago Mr. Graham displayed aptitude for public affairs, and was placed upon the Nelson City Council, School Committee (of which he was Chairman for a number of years). These positions prepared him for the higher honour conferred upon him in 1893, when be defeated two ex-members of the House (Messrs. Hursthouse and J. Kerr).

Result of General Election, 1893:—
Graham. J. 1291 Returned.
Hursthouse, R. 1012 Defeated.
Kerr, J. 910 Defeated.
Lock, W. 74 Defeated.

Votes recorded, 3827; number on roll, 3766. Women on roll, 1629, of whom 1473 voted.