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Alexander MacPerson

Mr. Alexander Macpherson, Government Inspector of Dairies, Christchurch, entered the New Zealand Government service at Wellington, in March, 1900, and was appointed to his present position in January, 1901. He was born in the Highlands of Perthshire, Scotland, on the 18th of September, 1855, and is a son of Mr. William Macpherson, F.E.I.S., Headmaster of the Daniel Stewart Institution, Strath Tay. Mr. Macpherson was educated at that institution, under his father, and was trained as a teacher. He was subsequently engaged as headmaster of various Scottish schools, but in 1876 he left his native land for New Zealand, and arrived at Lyttelton, on the 22nd of June. Shortly afterwards he entered the service of the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, Ltd., in whose employment he was for fifteen years, for six years as overseer, and nine years as manager of their Pareora Estate. He resigned that position in 1891, and accepted an appointment as secretary and general manager of the Longburn Slaughtering and Freezing Company, Limited, Palmerston North. In 1895 the company went into liquidation, and Mr Macpherson was appointed official liquidator by the Supreme Court, and was complimented by Judge Kettle for the creditable way in which he fulfilled his duties. Before leaving Scotland, Mr. Macpherson was an ardent volunteer. At the age of nine years, he was a bugler in the Breadalbane Highlanders, and at thirteen he entered the ranks of the fifth volunteer battalion of Royal Highlanders, Black Watch. He has long been associated with Caledonian societies in New Zealand; was vice-president of the Palmerston North Caledonian Society, and was for three years President of the St. Andrew's Caledonian Society in the Timaru district.


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