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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Mr. Robert McNab, — Mataura

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Mr. Robert McNab,


Mr. Robert McNab,

Mr. Robert McNab,

Robert Mcnab was born at Puni Bush, near Invercargill, in 1864. His father, Alexander McNab, landed in New South Wales as far back as February, 1840, and came to New Zealand in 1855, taking up as a sheep-station the ground on which Gore is now built. He was a member of the old Provincial Council of Southland, and for some time Speaker. The present member for Mataura was educated in the Invercargill Grammar School until 1880, when he entered the Otago University. In November, 1883, he passed his examination for the B.A. Degree securing at the same time the Senior Mathematical Scholarship awarded by the New Zealand University. In November, 1884, he passed his M A. Degree with Second Class Honours in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics, In 1886, Mr. McNab entered the office of Messrs. Smith, Chapman, Sinclair and White, solicitors, Dunedin, and studied for the Bar, to which he was called in 1889. In 1890, he commenced the practice of his profession in Invercargill and still carries on the same as a member of the firm of "McNab and Watson," of that town. In November, 1890, he obtained the degree of L.L.B, from his old University. Mr. McNab has always taken a warm interest in the volunteering movement. He commanded the North Dunedin Rifles for three years, and the "G" Battery of Artillery in Invercargill for four years until his election as a member of the House of Representatives. In 1891, be was elected to the Southland Education Board. In 1892, he received the nomination of the Education Board upon the Board of Governors of the Southland Boys' and Girls' High School. Mr. McNab still retains his seat upon both Boards.

Result of the General Election, 1893:—
McNab, R. 1415 Returned.
Richardson, Hon. G. F. 1296 Defeated.
Christie, J. 370 Defeated.

Votes recorded, 3081; number on roll, 4204. Women roll, 1348, of whom 993 voted.