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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. Charles Bonythorne Borlase

Mr. Charles Bonythorne Borlase, who died in Wellington on the 15th of May, 1875, at the age of fifty-five years was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Borlase, who commanded a dragoon regiment in India, and was born there, but was sent to England at an early age, and was educated as a solicitor. Mr. Borlase arrived in Wellington in the ship “Victory,” in 1848, bringing some capital with him; and in 1850 settled in the Wairarapa, then an almost unknown country. He was elected to the Provincial Council in 1857, and became provincial solicitor, holding that position till his death. He stood for the super intendency of Wellington in 1865 but was defeated by Dr. Featherston. Mr. Borlase was elected to the House of Representatives in the following year, and in 1873 and 1874 was mayor He was a man of exceptionally amiable temper, and was never known to say an unkind word to any one.