Heaton Rhodes dies
A Press Association telegram from
Timaru states that the death occurred on Sunday evening at his home ‘‘ Bluecliffs’’, St. Andrews, of Mr Robert Heaton Rhodes, who succumbed after a short illness from a chill, aged 62 years. Deceased was one of the most prominent men in South Canterbury, and had been chairman of the Waimate County Council since 1902, director of the Farmers’ Cooperative for several terms, and president of the A. and P. association.
He was the eldest surviving son of Mr George Rhodes who, with his brother Robert, brought the first sheep into South Canterbury in 1852. Mrs George Rhodes came Canterbury in 1854, being the third white woman in the district. Deceased leaves a widow and a daughter (Mrs O. R Bidwill, Wairarapa), both of whom have been prominent Red Cross workers, Mr Rhodes was a most popular man, and will be much missed. — ODT. 13.8.1918.
Wounded New Zealanders are put into the ambulance at a casualty clearing station on the Western Front. — Otago Witness, 14.8.1918.