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Funeral of Sir John Hall, Hororata

SON3018 Statesman, Premier and sheep farmer, Sir John Hall, K.C.M.G. died at his residence in Park Terrace, Christchurch on 25 June 1907 aged eighty two.

His funeral took place at Hororata Church on 28 June 1907. The premier of the day Sir Joseph Ward, said of him "In his day he was a member of both branches of the Legislature. He filled the highest position that can be filled by any man in this country. He has left a name that will be respected by generations to come". He proposed that the House adjourn to allow members to attend Sir John Hall's funeral at Hororata.

SON 3016 The Hororata Church, in which the service was held and the cortege passing to the graveside.

SON 3015 The children from the Hororata School lined the path. Source The Canterbury times, 3 July 1907, p. 41

SON1095 St John's Church at Hororata was consecrated on 27 February 1911 and replaced the wooden church (still existing) which was moved to the other side of the Hororata Road. Stone for its construction came from a southern ridge of the Malvern Hills from across the Selwyn River at Glentunnel. Sir John Hall, bequeathed the money to build the church (in memory of his wife) in his will

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THE LATE SIR JOHN HALL. Star , Issue 8966, 27 June 1907, Page 3

The funeral of the late Sir John Hall will take place at Hororata to-morrow. A special train will leave Ohristchurch for Coalgate at 9.15 a.m., stopping at Addington, Middleton and Rolleston. Special conveyances will be provided at Coalgate railway station to convey the passengers to the cemetery, which is some four miles distant, and those who desire to be so conveyed are asked to leave their names at Messrs Hayward and Co.'s Rink Stables. The return train will leave Coalgate at 3.10 p.m., arriving in Christchurch at 4.52 p.m.

The weather having now moderated, it is expected that there will be a very large attendance. Archdeacon Scott, for many years a close and intimate friend of Sir John Hall, will conduct the funeral service. Bishop Julius, Dean Harper, representatives of the clergy of the diocese, and members of the Diocesan Standing Committee, will also be present. The Mayor, Mr G. Payling, and the Town Clerk, Mr H. R. Smith, will officially represent the Christchurch City Council, and most of the Councillors will also be in attendance. The family continues to receive large numbers of condolatory messages, including appreciative telegrams from the Governor, the Premier, members of both branches of the Legislature, public men in other capacities, and private friends.

It is probable that the House of Representatives will adjourn tonight after passing Supply until Tuesday next, and that Sir Joseph Ward and other representative politicians will leave Wellington by the Maheno tonight for the purpose of attending the funeral. In view of the weather, some doubt was expressed tine morning as to whether the steamer could get through in time to connect with the special train, but the weather having improved materially during the afternoon, no such difficulty is now anticipated. A number of the Canterbury Maoris also intend to be represented at tho funeral.

On Sunday morning, a memorial service will be held in the Cathedral, at which Bishop Julius will preach. The Premier has telegraphed to Mr J. D. Hall, asking that the time of his father's funeral may be delayed at Coalgate a little if necessary to allow the members of the Government and of Parliament who intend to be present to reach there in time. Colonel Slater, Captain Linn, Superintendent Smith, Rev W. S. Bean, Doctor Russell and Mr Frpstick will represent the Royal Humane Society at the funeral of Sir John Hall tomorrow. Mr F. Lill, secretary of the Ellesmere Agricultural and Pastoral Association, will represent that body at Sir John Hall's funeral to-morrow.

A TRIBUTE BY THE PREMIER. Star , Issue 8966, 27 June 1907, Page 4

WELLINGTON, June 26. In the course of his speech this evening the Premier made reference to the death of Sir John Hall. "In his day he was a member of both branches of the Legislature," he said. "He filled the highest position that can be filled by any man in this country. He has left a name that will be respected by generations to come, and this audience will join with me in expressing regret at the removal of a great and distinguished figure from the colony." The Premier added that he intended to propose that the House should adjourn on the following day until Tuesday, in order that  members might have an opportunity to attend Sir John Hall's funeral at Hororata. He himself would like to attend the funeral, and he believed that other members would also like to go south for the occasion.

THE LATE SIR JOHN HALL. Evening Post, Volume LXXIII, Issue 151, 27 June 1907, Page 8

The family of the late Sir John Hall have received a number of telegrams of sympathy from Ministers and other prominent men throughout the colony. Motions of condolence were also passed at the meeting of various public bodies held today and all flags in the city were flown at half mast. The funeral is to take place on Friday at Hororata. The Hinemoa will leave Wellington for Lyttelton tonight for the purpose of taking any members of the Legislature who may wish to attend Sir John Hall's funeral tomorrow.

House of Representatives. Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXXI, Issue 12205, 28 June 1907, Page 5
WELLINGTON, June 27. The House met at 2.30. THE LATE SIR J. HALL.

The Premier referred to the death of Sir John Hall, and stated that, as many of the members desired to attend the funeral, he had consulted the Leader of the Opposition in reference to adjourning the House, and he had stated that no obstacle would be placed in the way. It would first be necessary to pass the Imprest Supply 15111. Personally he desired to attend the funeral of a gentleman who had been a member of the House and Premier of the colony. Mr Massey stated that he would plate no obstacle in the way of passing the Supply Bill. Personally he desired to attend the funeral, but owing to important urgent business it would be impossible lor him to be present.

THE LATE SIR JOHN HALL Evening Post, Volume LXIII, Issue 152, 28 June 1907, Page 8
FUNERAL AT HORORATA. CHRISTCHURCH, This Day. About 200 people left Christchurch by special train this morning to attend the funeral of the late Sir John Hall at Hororata, representing all classes of the community. Among them were Bishop Julius, Hon. F Wigram, M.L.C., and Mr. Justice Chapman. Messrs. Lewis and Allen, M.H.R 's, are representing the Opposition. There was also a large number of clergy of all denominations, and the City Council, the Law Society, the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Governors of Canterbury College, the ex-Contingenters' Association, the Ellesmere A. and P. Association, the Charitable Aid Board, Salvation Army, the Art Society, Yorkshire Society, Selwyn County Council, Lyttelton and Ashburton Boroughs, are also represented.

Handsome floral tributes have been forwarded from all quarters, including wreaths from the Government and the Premier. The weather is fine, and there is a large gathering of settlers at Coalgate. The Government is not officially represented, owing to Ministers being able to get down from Wellington, but an appreciative telegram was received from Sir Joseph Ward expressing regret and sympathy. The body was conveyed to Coalgate on a mortuary van in a special train. The cemetery is four miles from Coalgate.

Bush Advocate, Volume XIX, Issue 753, 28 June 1907, Page 4
The flag at the post office was flying at half-mast to-day, as a mark of respect to the late Sir John Hall, who was at one time a Postmaster- General of the colony. The funeral of the deceased statesman took place to-day. ■

Sir John Hall's Funeral. Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XXXV, Issue 5072, 28 June 1907, Page 2
M H R's UNABLE TO LEAVE WELLINGTON. WELLINGTON, Owing to the weather the Hinemoa, which was to have taken a number of members of Parliament to Sir John Hall's funeral, could not go and the trip had to abandoned. Christchurch, This day. About 200 people left Christchurch to attend the funeral of Sir John Hall at Hororata, among them being Bishop Julius, Judge Chapman . Uon. 11. 11.I 1 . Wigram, iI.LCJ He«Jr» Lewis and Allen, yLU&ft&St* many of ; the clergy of all ilcnwuna* . tions. Numerous local bodies antl societies -were represented. C?oyca»y»|Bt is not oiliciaUy represented, jO«in^ to the member* mot being able fewf. down, but an appreciiativfe t c '^[«^ has been received from Sir übw* Ward^. .expressing^^j-egret and $y»j * pa thy. Floral wreatKs were rcceTvco froni. ; all , quarters, including to^S 0 * ; vernor- and the Preiuier. The wei"* er. is fine, aiid~«i large, gathering settlers werv present at Co»tjlM«» r the bodj- having? been conveyed. tpg& |»i a mortuary van- upon a train". '""..,..

FUNERAL OF THE LATE SIR -JOHN HALL Evening Post, Volume LXXIII, Issue 153, 29 June 1907, Page 6
CHRISTCHURCH, This Day. The late Sir John Hall's funeral yesterday was very largely attended. Nearly every resident in the district for, miles around Hororata was present - open drays drawn by cart horses, carrying whole families, being in the funeral procession from Coalgate to the cemetery. Bishop Julius and Archdeacon Scott conducted the burial service. The names of the prominent representative and people present, and the list of senders of wreaths fill a whole column in the morning papers.

SIRJOHN HALL'S DEATH. Otago Witness , Issue 2781, 3 July 1907, Page 34
EULOGIES IN PARLIAMENT. (From Our Own Correspondent.) WELLINGTON, June 27. This afternoon, in the Upper House, Dr Findlay moved the resolution regarding the death of Sir John Hall. He said it would be idle for any person who had watched the political history of this country for any time, to say that Sir John Hall's name would not find a permanent place in the history of this colony. Sir John Hall had risen to the highest position that a colonist could occupy- viz., that of Prime Minister.

In the earlier stages of his political history he had been a member of the Legislative Council, and generally he had displayed earnestness, judgment, and insight in furthering the interests of all classes of the community. Among the reforms that were attributable to his efforts was that of the gift of the franchise to the women. To his persistent eloquence and advocacy that reform was mainly due. Mr Louisson, in seconding the motion, added his tribute to Sir John Hall's many excellent attributes. While it was in Canterbury that he was best known, he also had a colonial reputation. His career in regard to that Chamber even was a unique one, as he had been appointed to it on three or four occasions during different periods of his life. Mr Louisson also referred to Sir John Hall's long and intimate connection with municipal and other local institutions in Canterbury.

With regard to municipal matters, Sir John Hall had not only been successful in establishing municipal institutions in Christchurch, but he was the first chairman of the Christchurch Municipal Council. His life and his works were portion of the history of the colony. Mr W C. Smith in a very few words endorsed the motion. Mr J. G. Smith also spoke. He said that anyone who knew Sir John Hall could not but be struck with the fact that in his character he combined the conscientiousness and courtesy and all the other characteristics that were associated with an English gentleman. He had in his life set an example that the young people of this colony should strive to live up to. The affection the people of Christchurch bore him was shown by their asking him to assume the mayoralty during the year of the International Exhibition.

The esteem in which he was held showed that a man could serve his country in politics and still earn the respect and admiration of all classes of the community. The members of the Council rose to their feet and the motion was carried in silence. In the House the Premier moved a resolution expressing recognition of the services rendered to the colony by the late Sir John Hall. After reviewing Sir John's record as a public man, Sir Joseph Ward made mention of the late statesman's long and successful fight in support of the enfranchisement of women. For a long period of years Sir John had hold an important position in this colony, and although he had been out of the political arena for some years, they must all recognise, whatever their political opinions, that the colony had lost a great man, and one whose loss would be severely felt, particularly by those who were near and dear to him. Amongst the old pioneers of the colony there were none whose name would stand out more prominently than that of Sir John Hall.

Mr Massey, in seconding, said that although he did not share the close personal knowledge of Sir John Hall enjoyed by the Premier, he felt that an able man had passed away. Sir John was one of the most -prominent of the early settlers of Canterbury, who, in the early days, had taken a prominent part in the colonisation and legislation of the colony. They were sometimes inclined to forget the good work done by these early pioneers, but such work as that done by the late Sir John Hall was of immense benefit to the colony and the Empire generally. "Full of years and honours," added Mr Massey, "he has gone to his rest, one of New Zealand's best and greatest men."

Mr Gray added his testimony to the high character borne by Sir John Hall. Speaking of the deceased's period of office as Mayor of Christchurch, Mr Gray said that many men of the age of Sir John would have preferred to enjoy a well earned and deserved rest, but Sir John responded most willingly to the call of the citizens, and coming out of his long retirement at Hororata, he again came into the busy scene of public life, taking upon himself burdens that many stronger men would have been unable to bear. His was a willing spirit in a weak frame, and it might be truly said that he had died in harness. He was one of the fine old band of pioneers who had laid the foundations of the colony broad and deep, and who were so rapidly disappearing from our midst. Mr T. Mackenzie spoke of the great assistance rendered to himself and other new members when they first entered the House as young men, 20 years ago. All those who came into contact with Sir John recognised that he had a great gift for seeing into the- future. His work reflected great credit upon himself and his country, and he had furnished an example which "they might all well try to emulate. The motion was carried in silence.

Otago Witness , Issue 2781, 3 July 1907, Page 71
Sir John Hall's death on Tuesday afternoon seems to have been by no means unexpected by his friends, but to others- who last saw him at his mayoral reception about a year ago, and looking so hale and fresh in spite of his age, the news came as a surprise. Few men who have taken an active and enthusiastic part in politics have made so many friends and so few enemies as the genial and. highly-cultured gentleman whose name has been so long and so honourably connected with New Zealand politics.

For the part he took in the women's efforts to obtain the franchise 14 years ago Sir John's name will be always remembered with gratitude and affection by New Zealand women. And one is glad to think that before he died he had the gratification of seeing that other countries had followed New Zealand's example in enfranchising their womenkind. At his funeral on Thursday there was a very large assemblage of people. He was placed in the family vault at Coalgate where repose the remains of the late Lady Hall, and more than a hundred wreaths and floral devices were massed upon the coffin. Sir John Hall's death has caused the postponement of several small festivities, so that there is nothing to note in entertainments this week.


 Star , Issue 8970, 2 July 1907, Page 3 - SIR JOHN HALL'S WILL
PUBLIC BEQUESTS. Probate of the will of tie late Sir John Hall, K.C.M.G., was granted this morning.

The following are among the bequests: Knighthood Star and Badge, to the Christchurch Museum ; failing their acceptance, to his eldest son and then to his eldest son's eldest son. Five hundred volumes of books, to the Canterbury College, for use in the Public Library, the books to be selected by some person or persons appointed by the College. Conrrespondence, manuscripts, Parliamentary and other papers, accounts, diaries, newspapers and newspaper extracts, to J. D. Hall and W. H. Triggs, for their determination, as to which shall be published. £100 to the Church of England Melanesia n Mission. £100 to St Mary's Home, Christchurch. £100 to-Herrick'fi Home, Christchurch. £100 to Mount Magdala Asylum, Christchurch. £100 to the Salvation Army, Christchurch, for the purposes of any industrial home or other benevolent institution under control of the Army. £100 to the Deaconesses' Home, Christchurch. £100 to the Y.M.C.A., Christchurch. £100 to the Y.W.C.A., Christchurch. £100 to Archdeacon Scott, for use in any religious or charitable purpose he may select. ' £100 to the New Zealand Alliance, Wellington. £100 to the Yorkshire Society, Christchurch. £100 to the churchwardens of St Luke's Church, Christchurch, for rebuilding purposes. £200, on trust, to the Church Property Trustees, the interest to be applied to the maintenance of the Sunday School of St John's Church. Hororata. £2000 to the Church Property Trustees, on trust, the interest to be applied to the stipend of the vicar of St John's, Hororata. £25 to the Presbyterian Church Property Trustees for the support of Presbyterian worship at Hororata. fi2o to the. president of the conference of the Methodist Church of Australasia, in New Zealand, for the support of Methodist Church worship at Glenroy. £100 to the North Canterbury Education Board to construct a swimmingbath  at Hororata public school. '

£10,000, or such less sum as may be required, to build a brick or stone style church at Hororata for Anglican worship in place of the present wooden church, such church to be dedicated to his late wife; and a wooden vicarage to be also constructed from the amount. £30,000, the income from which to be applied at the discretion of the trustees for charitable purposes for the Provincial District of Canterbury. £10,000 i'or the establishment of a public institution or benevolent trust to be called The Boys' Gordon Hall Trust, to bo managed by a Board of Trustees. The objects of the Trust shall be to provide instruction and amusement for the boys of the city of Christchurch and surrounding boroughs and districts within an area" of six miles as the crow flies from the G.P.0., Christchurch, such boys being between the ages of twelve and eighteen, for their physical, mental and (spiritual improvement. £1000 free of legacy duty to the Church Property Trustees for the erection of a Chapter House and Synod Hall in the city of Christchurcli, to be paid as soon as sufficient funds have been promised to justify the commencement of the work.

The trustees under the will are Messrs H. Cotterill and G. T. Booth.





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