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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Sir George Alfred Arney

Sir George Alfred Arney, M.A., as Chief Justice of New Zealand, acted as Administrator of the Government of the Colony from the 21st of March, to the 14th of June, 1873, that being the time between the departure of Sir George Bowen, and the arrival of his successor Sir James Fergusson. The subject of this notice was the seventh son of William Arney, of the Close, Salisbury. Born in 1806, and educated at Winchester, and at Brasennose College, Oxford, he gained his B.A. degree in 1829, and his M.A. the following year page 37 Sir George was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1834, and for some time practised his profession in England. He was married in 1833 to Harriett, daughter of Captain Thomas Parr, R.N., who died in 1844. Arriving in New Zealand in 1858, His Honour was appointed Chief Justice of the Colony, which position he retained till 1875, when he resigned. Sir George Arney was knighted in 1862, During his career he held office as a member of the Legislative Council, and of the Executive Council; upon resigning he went to England, where he died on the 7th April, 1883. Sir George's home was in Auckland, where he was both useful and popular.