The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Sir Frederick Aloysius Weld
Sir Frederick Aloysius Weld, G.C.M.G., Premier from the 24th of November, 1864, to the 16th of October, 1865, came to the Colony in 1844, and occupied a seat in the first New Zealand Parliament, which assembled in Auckland in 1854. He became a member of the Executive Council in the same year, and Minister for Native Affairs in 1860. Four years later he rose to the position of Premier, and inaugurated a policy of self-reliance. Having determined to put the military forces on a better footing, he sent Home for troops, and his decision was viewed with favour by the Imperial Parliament. In 1869, he was appointed Governor of Western Australia. From this office he was promoted in 1874 to the Governorship of Tasmania, and in 1880 to that of the Straits Settlements. The latter position he held until 1887, when he retired from the colonial service on a pension. He died in England on the 20th of July, 1891.