The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Captain the Hon. George Bentham Morris
Captain the Hon. George Bentham Morris, M.L.C., was a Minister of the Crown in the short-lived Stout-Vogel Government as Commissioner of Trade and Customs from the 19th of August, 1884, and as Minister of the Marine Department from the following day. The Ministry resigned on the 28th of the same month, having held office for twelve days in all. Captain Morris was born in Tasmania in 1840. After leaving school he joined the marines and travelled in various parts of the world. At the age of thirty he came to New Zealand per ship “Countess of Kintore” and settled in Auckland. He first entered political life as a member of the Auckland Provincial Council about 1872. Four years later he was elected to the House of Representatives for the East Coast. At the general election of 1879 he was defeated, but was again returned for the same constituency in 1882 and 1884. Shortly afterwards he resigned his seat and was called to the Legislative Council, of which body he is still a member.