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"William James Mudie Larnach was born on Sunday, 27th January 1833, at Castle Forbes, Patrick Plains, Hunter River, New South Wales. He died by his own hand at 5 o'clock on the afternoon of Wednesday, 12th October 1898 at Parliament House, Palmerston ?North, New Zealand. Next to these two events, the most important of his life was his appointment as Chief Colonial Manager of the Bank of Otago in September 1867. From that one major turning point in his life he advanced in many spheres of activity to become one of the most outstanding personages in New Zealand history. The biography of Larnach is the biography of half a dozen men. Each of Larnach's lives might be written separately - and it might be very much easier to do that - but so interwoven are they, each one impinging on the others, the one often destructive of another, that in order ot reveal the whole man, and to explain the ordeal of his life, they must be followed, not as strands, but as the ragged cord they formed. A cord that eventually broke. New Zealand's man of destiny, Larnach had much in his character that resembled the military leader, for he was, in nearly everything he did, the sole director. He planned his own life and all about him, and though his plans went wrong, and tragedy and misfortune set him back, he planned on to the very end, for he planned his own death . . . "
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