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Victor Marra (Mick) Newland (1876–1953)

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Mr. Victor Marra Newland, veteran of two wars, in each of which he was decorated for gallantry, big-game hunter, share broker and former MP, died late on Monday night, after a long illness. He was 76.

Educated at St. Peter's College and Queen's School, his military career began not long after he left school when he joined the Light Horse in the second SA contingent in the Boer War.

In that conflict he was awarded the DCM and the Queen's Medal with five clasps.

After the war he remained in Africa, moving north to Kenya where he was one of the first British settlers.

He and another South Australian, Mr. Leslie Tarlton, became partners in the firm of Newland, Tarlton and Co., which organised big game expeditions.

Mr. Newland also became president of the Associated Chambers of Commerce in Kenya, a member of the Legislative Council and chairman of Nairobi Town Council.

At the outbreak of World War I he was in Australia on leave, but returned, to Kenya with the King's African Rifles in the German East African campaign, reaching the rank of Major and winning the MC and the OBE and being mentioned in dispatches three times.

Invalided out of the tropics, Mr. Newland returned to Adelaide where he became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1923 and, three years later, a partner in the firm of Newland and Hunter.

Almost up to the time of his death, his interests and his influence remained widespread.

From 1933 to 1938 he was MP for North Adelaide.

He was for more than 20 years a member of the Council of the Zoological Society and was a past president of the Royal Society of St. George.

Equally notable were the services he gave to the cause of needy ex-servicemen, particularly those who were members of the British Imperial Servicemen's sub branch of the RSL.

Mr. Newland is survived by his two daughters, Mrs. Sidney Downer, of North Adelaide, and Mrs. R. H. Wreford, of North Adelaide.

The funeral will leave Mr. Newland's home at Molesworth street, North Adelaide, at 3.45 p.m. today for the West terrace crematorium.

He will be privately interred at Victor Harbor tomorrow.

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