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Funeral - Sir Walter Buchanan

Sir Walter Buchanan
Hawera and Normanby Star, 23 July 1934



Although the weather was bitterly cold and stormy, the largest number of people ever gathered in this district assembled to accord a last honour to a deceased fellow-settler at the Clareville Cemetery at noon to-day, where the interment of the late Sir Walter Buchanan, K.B., M.L.C., took place.

The main cortege started from the late residence of the deceased at Lansdowne, Masterton, and was joined all along the road by units from outlying places, while very many more from the neighbourhood of Carterton, Greytown, Featherston. Martinborough and Lower Valley, with which portion of the district Sir Walter had been more closely associated during the greater portion of his life, met and joined the procession at the Clareville corner. A special train from Wellington brought the Prime Minister (Mr W. F. Massey), other 7 members of Cabinet, members of both Houses of Parliament, and prominent Wellington citizens.

Immediately following the hearse were the The. Hon. W. F. Massey. Hon. A D. McLeod, M.P. (Wairarapa), and members of Cabinet, the Mayors of all the Wairarapa boroughs, and the chairmen of all the local bodies, together with their councils, and a hundred cars vehicles and cycles.

In the presence of a large concourse of people the remains of the late Sir Walter Buchanan, who had so strenuously, usefully and gallantly fought the battle of life. were reverently laid to rest.

The Presbyterian funeral service was impressively carried through by the Revs. G. King (Lansdowne),of the Presbyterian Church, and the Rer J Davie, of Knox Church, Masterton.

Further information
Sir Walter Buchanan (Dictionary of New Zealand Biography)


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