Wellington Province


BUICK, David

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Mr. D. Buick

Mr. David Buick, J.P., Chairman of the Manawatu Road Board, was born at Karori, Wellington, in 1848 and is the son of the late Mr. William Buick, who arrived in the Colony, per ship Arab, in 1841. His parents removing to the Hutt in 1852, Mr. Buick received his education there. He worked on his father's farm at the Hutt till 1867, when he took possession, the place since being known as Greenvale Farm. Removing from the Hutt in 1885, Mr. Buick went to Palmerston North and purchased some 550 acres of first-class grazing land, situate about one-and-a-quarter miles from The Square. He has a fine stud flock of Romney Marsh sheep, and confines himself chiefly to breeding ewes. He has erected a substantial dwelling on the farm, and surrounded it with ornamental trees and shrubs. At all times Mr. Buick has been a prominent member in local bodies. Whilst residing at the Hutt he was selected as the first member for the Road Board, and also held the position of lieutenant in the Petone Navals during 1883 and 1884. He is the Chairman of the Manawatu Road Board and Drainage Board, which positions he has ably filled for some time past. Mr. Buick, having been requisitioned by a large number of constituents, contested the Palmerston seat in the House of Representatives at the general election, 1896, but was defeated after a gallant fight. Mr. Buick is an unattached mason, is president of the Caledonian Society, and of one of the local football clubs.

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