Mr. Frederick Lambert Prime,
who was Mayor of the city of Auckland in 1874–5, was born in Cambridgeshire, England, in 1825. He was brought up to the grocery business at Colchester, in Essex, and was subsequently in the trade at Steeple Bumpstead. On coming to Auckland in 1855, he entered into business as a general storekeeper, and continued as such until 1867, when he paid a visit of two years' duration to his native land. On returning to Auckland in 1869 he established the business of a land, estate and financial agent. In 1870 Mr. Prime was elected to a seat on the City Council, in which he has served, in all, for six years. Mr. Prime was elected, in 1871, to represent Auckland City
West in the Provincial Council, and he held the seat till the abolition of the provinces. He was for nine years a member of the Board of Education. In 1860 he joined the volunteer rifle corps, and did his duty on guard, etc., till the end of the Maori war. Mr. Prime was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the Colony in 1878. He was secretary to the Auckland Improvement Commissioners until that body was merged into the City Council in the early seventies. In 1887 he was appointed returning officer to the Auckland Harbour Board, and still holds the position. Mr. Prime has held the position of Treasurer and Financial Secretary to the Wesleyan Home Mission since 1873; and he is also a trustee of the many Wesleyan church properties in the Auckland district.