The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Mr. Arthur Thomas Bothamley
Mr. Arthur Thomas Bothamley, Clerk-Assistant to the Legislative Council, whose father was a member of an old-established firm of London solicitors, was born on the 30th of November, 1846, at Champion Hill, Surrey, and was educated at Temple Grove, East Sheen, and at Blackheath Proprietary School. In 1868 he sailed for Melbourne in the “True Briton,” intending to return shortly to the Old Land. Having crossed over to New Zealand on the way back, after visiting Tasmania, he decided to remain in the Colony. On the 11th of March, 1871, Mr. Bothamley was appointed clerk to the Flax Commissioners, and in the same year obtained employment in the Legislative Council Office. He steadily rose in the service, and on the 1st of September, 1878, was appointed to his present position. Mr. Bothamley was acting-clerk of the Legislative Council in the session of 1886, during the absence of Mr. L. Stowe, and received a unanimous vote of the Council in commendation of his services. In 1876 Mr. Bothamley was secretary to the Philadelphia Exhibition Commission, and went to America in charge of the exhibits. He has sub-edited the transactions of the New Zealand Institute since the publication of the third volume in 1871. He also sub-edited the journals of the Christchurch meeting of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, in 1891, which were edited by Sir J. Hector. Mr. Bothamley, who is an ardent canoeist and photographer, is a member of the Royal Canoe Club the Tainui Canoe Club (of which he is mate), and of other clubs and societies. In 1876 Mr. Bothamley married Elizabeth, daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Poulton, of Leavesden, in Essex, and has five sons and one daughter.