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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

The Hon. William Campbell Walker

The Hon. William Campbell Walker, M.A., C.M.G., Minister of Education and Immigration, was called to a seat in the Legislative Council in October, 1892, and re-appointed in October, 1899. He became a member of the Seddon Government in February, 1896, as Minister of Education and Immigration, shortly after the retirement of the Hon. W. P. Reeves. Mr. Walker began his public life by serving in the Provincial Council of Canterbury, and in 1877 he was elected first chairman of the Ashburton County Council, which position he held until 1893. He sat in two Parliaments as member for Ashburton, and as Minister was instrumental in passing an act which provided for the separation of the Lincoln Agricultural College from Canterbury College, and in 1901 an Act entitled “The Public School Teachers' Salaries Act, 1901.” Mr. Walker was for a considerable time a member of the Board of Governors of Canterbury College, and ne was also a member of the Land Board of Canterbury. He is further referred to in the Wellington volume of this work.