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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. Samuel Bealey

Mr. Samuel Bealey, B.A., who succeeded Mr. Moorhouse in 1863 as Superintendent of the Province of Canterbury, was born in Lancashire, England, in 1821. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his degree in 1851, and in the same year he sailed for Canterbury, New Zealand. In conjunction with the late Mr. John Bealey he purchased 1000 acres of land in the new settlement, and erected small dwelling houses in Christchurch, then a mere village. After the passing of the New Zealand Constitution Act the elections for the Provincial Council took place, and Mr. Samuel Bealey, Mr. Thomas Caas, the Chief Surveyor of Canterbury, and Mr. Richard Packer, were elected for Christchurch, which Mr. Bealey continued to represent until his election to the Superintendency. The harbour works at Port Lyttelton were prominent amongst the public works of Mr Bealey's time, and to these he devoted considerable attention. An able report, drawn up by a commission of engineers and masters of vessels, recommended the formation of a breakwater, and Mr. Bealey strongly supported this effective method of protecting the shipping. A considerable extension of the southern railway was also undertaken during Mr Bealey's Superintendency. On the completion of his term of office, Mr Bealey retired into private life. For the purpose of educating his family he returned to England, where he still (1902) resides.

Mr. S. Bealey.

Mr. S. Bealey.