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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Hon. R. J. Seddon (Premier, Minister of Public Works, &c.), — Westland

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Hon. R. J. Seddon (Premier, Minister of Public Works, &c.),


Hon. R. J. Seddon (Premier, Minister of Public Works, &c.),

Hon. R. J. Seddon (Premier, Minister of Public Works, &c.),

Richard John Seddon was born at St. Helen's, Lancashire, on June 22, 1845, and is therefore 50 years of age. He arrived in Victoria in 1863, and after a varied career as engineer and gold miner, came to the West Coast of New Zealand, landing in Hokitika in 1866. There he carried on business as storekeeper, hotel-keeper and mining advocate. In 1869, he entered public life as member of the Arahura Road Board, and subsequently became a member of the County Council, and held many other public positions. When the Province of Westland was set up, Mr. Seddon was elected for the Arahura district, and became Chairman of Committees of the Provincial Council, which position he retained until the abolition of the Provinces in 1876. In 1879, he was returned to Parliament as representative for Hokitika, subsequently becoming known and celebrated as the "member for Kumara": he has held his seat uninterruptedly, the present being his twentieth session. In 1891, Mr. Seddon assumed office as Minister of Public Works and Mines in the Ballance Ministry. On the death of his chief he became Acting-Premier, a position which was confirmed by the Liberal Party at the session of 1893. He now holds the offices of Premier, Minister of Public Works, Minister of Defence, and Minister of Native Affairs. He acted as Colonial Treasurer during the absence of the Hon. Mr. Ward. At the General Election of 1893 he was returned unopposed.

Result of General Election, 1893:—
Seddon, R. J., Returned unopposed.

Names on roll, 4186. Women on roll, 1278.,