DEATH OF M.L.C.
THE HON. H.A. RUSSELL
FARMER AND SPORTSMAN
[BY TELEGRAPH – OWN CORRESPONDENT]
The death has occurred of the Hon. Harold Arthur Russell, M.L.C. Mr Russell, who was a prominent Hawke’s Bay sheepfarmer, was born at Hastings in 1871, his father being the late Sir William Russell.
After working on his father’s property at Tunanui [Tuna Nui] for some time, Mr Russell took up land at Puketapu, where he farmed until 1918. He was for many years a polo enthusiast, founding the Hawke’s Bay Club. He was a member of the committee of the New Zealand Polo Association for 20 years.
Mr Russell was a keen huntsman, and as a gentleman rider met with moderate success. He was interested in the breeding and training of jumpers. He was for some years president of the Hawke’s Bay Jockey Club and also the Hawke’s Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Society.
Mr Russell owned the Apley station on Mangaone River, where he specialised in Black Poll cattle, and sheep for woolgrowing and breeding.
TRIBUTE IN THE COUNCIL
LEADER VOICES REGRET
[BY TELEGRAPH – PRESS ASSOCIATION]
“I was profoundly shocked to hear of the sudden and most untimely death of the Hon. H.A. Russell, of Hawke’s Bay, a member of the Legislative Council since June 22, 1934,” said the Leader of the Legislative Council, the Hon. Mark Fagan, to-night. “In the late Mr. Russell I have lost a true and valued personal friend, who was a very fine New Zealander in every sense of the term. Our late colleague bore an unimpeachable character and was well-known as a splendid sportsman.
“The late Mr Russell took a keen interest in the work of the Council, and always bore a tolerant attitude in his criticism, which was consistently fair and just,” added Mr Fagan. “I feel quite sure every member of the Council will join with me in regretting the passing of our late colleague, and would wish to join with me in expressing sincerest sympathy with those left to mourn his loss.”
Photo caption – HON. H.A. RUSSELL