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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]

Sir Samuel Osborne Gibbes

Sir Samuel Osborne Gibbes was born in England in 1803. After serving as a page of honour to George IV., he entered the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, and received a commission in the 96th Regiment. Subsequently he was A.D.C. to the Governor of Nova Scotia, but did not remain long in the army as he had a considerable estate in the West Indies, and took up its management. Sir Samuel was one of the early colonists of New Zealand, and settled at Whangarei. He was called to the Legislative Council in 1855, and resigned in 1863. His social qualities made him a favourite with all classes, and when he died at Whangarei in 1874, the Bishop of Auckland conducted the funeral; Freemasons, old soldiers and settlers from all parts of the district attended, and he was buried with military and Masonic honours. He was succeeded in the baronetey by his eldest son, Sir Edward Osborne Gibbes, now of Wellington.