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ALEXANDER MEE

1833-1902

From "The Cyclopedia of New Zealand", Volume, 1903.

MEE, ALEXANDER, "Wellforth"1 Pleasant Point. Mr Mee was born in County Cavan, Ireland, in 1833, was educated in his native town, and brought up to farming pursuits. When eighteen years of age he joined the Royal Irish Constabulary, and when the Crimean War broke out, volunteered for active service and went through the campaign. Mr Mee holds the Crimean Medal, the clasp of Sebastopol, and the Turkish Medal. After his return to England he received the silver medal of the Royal Society for the Protection of Life, for conspicuous bravery, in saving life from fire. Bishop Daily of Waterford, presented him with an illuminated certificate illustrating the deed, and the Inspector-General of the Royal Irish Constabulary also presented him with a badge. On returning from the Crimea to England, Mr Mee served another year with the Constabulary, and in 1860 emigrated to Otago by the ship "Pladda". Joining the Police Force, Mr Mee rode in the first and second gold escorts from Tuapeka to Dunedin, and was promoted to senior sergeant at Dunedin Gaol. It may be mentioned that in 1862, a clerk in the Union Bank of Australia absconded from Dunedin with a large sum of money. Mr Mee was detailed to effect his capture, went to Australia, and followed the fugitive to England, where he arrested him and eventually brought him back to Dunedin. Subsequently leaving the service, he went to the West Coast and started in business as a hotel-keeper at Hokitika. Having sold out after four years, he bought a farm at Oamaru, which he sold at a profit and purchased the "Wellpark" property of 900 acres at Pleasant Point, where he runs sheep and carries on general farming. Mr Mee was a member of the Levels Road Board for eighteen years, and was for some time a member of the Timaru Harbour Board, and the Levels County Council; he was made a Justice of the Peace in 1888. He is married and has four children. [Mr Mee died in May 1902, after the foregoing article was in type].

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