The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Mr. T. H. Hamer, Private Secretary to the Premier, should have been referred to on page 50 as the younger son of the Rev. Thomas Hamer. The date of Mrs. Hamer's death should have appeared as the 26th of August, instead of September, and the deceased lady was the mother of Mr. Hamer's only son.
Mr. James Gray retired from the position of Assistant Private Secretary to accept an appointment on the Hansard staff.
Mr. Vernon Lipman Willeston, Private Secretary to the Colonial Secretary, Commissioner of Stamps and Minister in charge of Native Affairs, is a son of Councillor Willeston, of the Wellington Corporation. Born in the Capital in 1868, and educated at Wellington College, Mr. Willeston joined the Civil Service in the Railway Department as a cadet in 1884. After some eighteen months he was transferred to the Audit Department, where he served for five years as clerk. In 1890 he enjoyed a trip to England, returning to the Colony early in 1892. Mr. Willeston re-joined the public service shortly afterwards, and here he continued till his appointment to the position he now holds in May, 1896. He takes a general interest in recreation, being attached to various athletic clubs in the city.
Mr. Charles Edward Matthews, Private Secretary to the Minister for Justice and Defence, was born in Havelock, Marlborough, in 1872. Educated at the local public school, he passed the Civil Service examination, and was appointed to the Treasury in January, 1889. Remaining in that branch of the service till September, 1895, he was transferred to the Department of Justice, to fill the vacancy caused by the appointment of Mr. R. C. Sim to the Registrarship of the Validation Court at Gisborne. Having studied shorthand privately, he suceeded in gaining a speed certificate for proficiency up to 150 words per minute, and, in March, 1896, was appointed to the responsible position he now fills. Mr. Matthews formerly took an interest in Volunteering, and was a member of the Wellington City Rifles for six years. He is also a member of the Wellington Football Club and Star Boating Club, and has represented the latter at various regattas.