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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. William Graham Rhind

Mr. William Graham Rhind, J.P., Inspector and Chief Officer for New Zealand of the Bank of New South Wales, has been in the service of this old established Bank for nearly thirty-five years. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1844, and partly educated at Elm Bank Academy in his native city, Mr. Rhind came out to the colonies very early in life with his parents, who settled in Victoria. After completing his scholastic course at the Scotch College Melbourne, he entered the mercantile house of Messrs. Rhind and Turner, of which his father, the late Mr. Thomas Rhind, was the senior partner, remaining three years. In 1861 Mr. Bhind joined the Bank of New South Wales in Melbourne as a junior. He speedily gained promotion in the Bank, becoming bullion page 500 Mr. William Graham Rhind clerk in the Melbourne office, and afterwards inspector's assistant. Soon after this Mr. Rhind was appointed relieving officer, and as such he visited many parts of Australia. In 1875 he accepted the position of assistant-inspector in Victoria, and three years later was made manager at Adelaide with control over all South Australian branches. Mr. Rhind came to New Zealand in 1882, and took up the duties which he still performs as inspector and chief officer of the Bank in this Colony. He is well-known throughout New Zealand as a capable banker and a courteous gentleman. As a member of the Masonic fraternity Mr. Rhind belongs to the Meridian Lodge St. John, E.C., Melbourne, but is unattached in New Zealand. In musical matters he has been prominent for a quarter of a century. During the thirteen years of his residence in Christchurch Mr. Rhind as a tenor singer took an active part in musical societies. He was the founder of the Christchurch Liedertafel—the first in the Colony—and was its president for ten years. On leaving, Mr. Rhind was banquetted, and great regret was expressed at the necessity for his removal to the Empire City. In 1883 Mr. Rhind was married to the only daughter of Mr. Arthur Harvey, of Adelaide, and he has five children—three boys and two girls. When in South Australia Mr. Rhind was a Justice of the Peace for that colony, and he holds the same honorable position in New Zealand.