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James Bruce Wallace

Death: July 24, 1888
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wallace and Elizabeth Wallace
Brother of John Howard Wallace; William Ellerslie Wallace; Robert Douglas Wallace; Marian Rollason Wallace and Sarah Anne Wallace

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About James Bruce Wallace

24 July 1888 DEATH of John's brother ... We have once again to record the death of an old and well-known colonist, in the person of Mr James Bruce Wallace, brother of Mr John Howard Wallace, whose body was found some time before noon to-day on the foreshore, at low tide, at a point behind the Corporation yards, Te Aro. The remains were discovered by a person who telephoned the intelligence to the police, but who unfortunately did not give his name. Mounted-Constable May was dispatched to the spot indicated and removed the body to the Morgue, where it awaits the usual inquest, which will be held by the District Coroner to-morrow morning at 9.30. The face of the deceased gentleman bears evidence that he sustained considerable injury, caused most probably by falling over the breastwork on to the stones of the retaining wall. There is a large, ugly gash over the right temple, besides other, but minor, cuts and bruises on the face. The only effects found upon the deceased were a memorandum-book and a box of matches and a copy of the Evening Post of yesterday. An entry in the tradesman's book shows that Mr Wallace left his watch to be repaired at the shop of Mr Freeman, watchmaker, Manners-street yesterday. He was in the Working Men's CLub yesterday shortly before 3 o'clock and stated his intention of seeing some friends off by the Melbourne bound steamer, and the supposition is that he must have gone along Victoria-street for the purpose of seeing the last of the vessel upon which these friends were, and, being in a weak state of health, overbalanced himself, and so have fallen into the harbour and been drowned. The water thereabouts being very shallow, the receding tide left the body where it was found. The clothes, papers, &c. were thoroughly saturated with sea water. Mr Wallace, who was a well-known personage in the city, was the third son of the late Mr John Wallace, who died in Wellington in March 1880 aged 92 years. He did not arrive in the colony till 1860, and subsequently was a younger colonist by 20 years than were his father and brothers. By profession he was a civil engineer and before leaving Home he constructed some waterworks for the town of Birmingham, another of his engineering works being the erection of a lengthy iron bridge at Powick (opened in 1837). On his arrival in Wellington, from England, the late Mr Wallace joined his brother in sheep-farming pursuits on the East Coast; but a pastoral life was not a congenial one to him; and he returned to Wellington in 1868, where he has resided ever since engaged in the pursuit of his profession, but unfortunately for himself only in a desultory and half-hearted manner. Many years ago the deceased was regarded as a crack cricket player, and even at Home he captained the first eleven of his county, where he was regarded as a thoroughly good all-round player. Mr Wallace was 69 years of age at the time of his death, and had never been married. The body was this afternoon identified by several friends of the deceased gentleman


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July 24, 1888