New Zealand's oldest and longest-serving justice of the peace, Southlander Arthur Trotter, has died.
Trotter, 99, was gazetted a Justice in the Commission for the Peace on July 27, 1945, remaining in office for a record 69 years.
Although hearing loss prevented him from carrying out duties during the past few years, he remained with the Southland association of JPs.
He was honoured with life membership of the Southland association in 2003 for his years of service.
Born in Invercargill in 1915, Trotter spent his life in Southland, most of it on the family farm Roslin at Woodlands.
He joined the fledgling Young Farmers Club in Dunedin and became a life member of the club after spending 31 years with the organisation.
Through the club he went to Lincoln University, and returned to work on the family farm when older brothers John and Ewen went overseas at the outbreak of World War II.
Pre-deceased by their second daughter, Ruth, Trotter is survived by his wife Margaret, daughters Ann Irving (Waimatua), June Trotter (Invercargill) and Lynne Sunanda Trotter (Hawea Flat) and only son, John Trotter (Wanaka).
His funeral was held this week.
- The Southland Times