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Mr. Patrick Sheridan, Chief Land Purchase Officer, was born in 1841 in Newry, County Down, Ireland, and was educated at the Model School of that town. He was a telegraph operator in Ireland from 1855 to 1858. In the latter year he enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the 14th Regiment, then in course of formation, and came with his company to Auckland in 1860 per troopship `Robert Lowe.' He served through the Waikato and West Coast campaigns, for which he received the New Zealand War Medal. In 1869 Mr. Sheridan left the Army, and three years later entered as accountant in the Land Purchase Department on its revival by the late Sir Donald McLean. On the death of Mr. Lewis, Under-Secretary of the Native Department, in 1890, he was appointed Chief Land Purchase Officer. Mr. Sheridan was married in 1869, and has five sons and five daughters.

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