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Roberts, John, C.M.G., is the son of the late George Roberts, of Selkirk, Scotland, who was for many years provost of that town. He was born in 1845 and educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at the Queen Street Institution in that city. In 1868 he went to New Zealand, and was President of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce in 1887 and of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition held at Dunedin in 1889-90, in which latter year he was Mayor of Dunedin. Mr. Roberts married in 1870 Louisa Jane, daughter of the late Charles Henry Keale, of Dunedin. He was created C.M.G. in 1891.