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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]

The Hon. William Mccullough

The Hon. William Mccullough is an Irishman by birth and ancestry, and left Limerick, Ireland, with his parents in 1859 on the ship “Tornado,” their destination being the fair young Colony of New Zealand. Arrived at Auckland, Mr. McCullough for some time assisted his father on his farm at Mangapai, acting at the same time as a special correspondent to the “Auckland Weekly News.” In 1864 he went to the goldfields on the West Coast of the South Island, working as a miner at the Greenstone, Red Jack's Gully, and other districts of the Grey. On the opening of the Thames as a goldfield, Mr. McCullough returned to Auckland, and “tried his luck” on the new field, being engaged as a miner and mine manager for several years, and subsequently joining the “Times” as mining reporter. A few years later he became proprietor of the “Thames Star,” which he has conducted for nearly thirty years. Mr. McCullough has filled many official positions at the Thames, including mayor (for the year 1878–79), president of the Hospital Board, chairman of the Harbour Board, and chairman of the Board of Governors of the High School. Some years ago Mr. McCullough purchased the printing business of the late Mr. Wm. Arthur, in Auckland, of which he is still proprietor. In 1896 he attended the Burns Centenary Celebration at Duntroon, Scotland, as a delegate from the Auckland Burns Club. As a Freemason, Mr. McCullough holds the important office of right worthy provincial grand master of the North Island, Scotch Constitution, in which position he succeeded the late Sir Frederick Whitaker. He was called to the Legislative Council by the Ballance Administration on the 15th of October, 1892. His nomination was received with general satisfaction, his long experience in mining matters peculiarly qualifying him to sit as the representative of a goldfields district. Mr. McCullough's term of office as a Legislative Councillor expired by effluxion of time on the 15th of October, 1899, and he was not re-appointed.