A well-re­spected cou­ple

Taranaki Daily News - - News -

As a trib­ute to James Hugh­son’s nine years as Mayor of Waitara and to his wife Emma, the Waitara Bor­ough Coun­cil ar­ranged a so­cial evening of coun­cil­lors, rep­re­sen­ta­tives and friends for their con­tri­bu­tion and val­ued ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Among the main projects be­gun while he was in of­fice were the sew­er­age and wa­ter schemes. Th­ese were con­tin­ued by his suc­ces­sor Roy Yardley.

Two out­stand­ing mon­u­ments to his pro­gres­sive pol­icy were the Plun­ket rooms and ladies’ re­stroom in Queen St and the Waitara Ma­ter­nity an­nex.

His work in Waitara dur­ing World War II was also ac­knowl­edged, where he or­gan­ised fundrais­ing and the send­ing of pa­tri­otic parcels to sol­diers over­seas.

Emma Hugh­son was born in Christchurch and mar­ried James in 1897. James worked on the New Zealand Rail­ways.

They ar­rived in Waitara in 1919, where he con­tin­ued with the rail­way un­til his re­tire­ment.

He was voted in as mayor and was in of­fice from 1936 to 1947. Dur­ing the war Emma car­ried out her du­ties as may­oress with great dis­tinc­tion and was a fierce sup­porter of fundrais­ing for the war ef­fort.

She was pres­i­dent of the Gal­way Guild, a keen mem­ber of the St John Am­bu­lance Bri­gade and a serv­ing Sis­ter of the or­der. She was also an en­thu­si­ast of the Red Cross as well as sup­porter of the Guides and Scouts.

James died in 1953 aged 81. Emma died in 1969 aged 96. Both were buried in Waitara’s Bayly St ceme­tery. An amaz­ing cou­ple, well re­spected in Waitara.

Emma Hugh­son

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