Mr. Henry Richard Webb,
F.R.M.S., was a native of the Colony of New South Wales, where he was born in 1829, his parents being amongst the passengers who arrived in the previous year in the ship “Eliza.” Mr. Webb was educated at the Sydney College, and entered mercantile life in that city, subsequently going into business as a member of the firm of Fergusson, Webb and Co., merchants. He was for a long time connected with the Horticultural and Agricultural Society
Standish and Preece, photo.
The late Mr. H. R. Webb.
of New South Wales. Settling in Canterbury in 1868, Mr. Webb for some time had charge of Peacock's Wharf at Lyttelton, prior to the establishment of the Harbour Board. Then he was for thirteen years manager of the Permanent Investment and Loan Association of Canterbury. Mr. Webb represented Lyttelton in the Provincial Council till the abolition of the provinces and was also Provincial Secretary and chairman of committees. He sat in the House of Representatives as member for Lyttelton. Mr. Webb was actively associated with the cause of education; he was chairman of the Lyttelton School Committee, subsequently became a member of the North Canterbury Board of Education, being for some years chairman of that body, and he was a member of the Board of Governors of Canterbury College from its inception, occupying the position of chairman from 1893 until his death in 1901. Mr. Webb was a member of the council of the Philosophical Institute and president of the photographic section. He was very closely identified with the Anglican Church in Christchurch, a member of the diocesan synod for many years and chairman of committees; he was also a member of the General Synod of New Zealand, representing the Western district Mr. Webb was elected a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society of London in 1880. He was married in 1857, in Sydney, to a daughter of the late Mr. J. J. Peacock, sister of the Hon. J. T. Peacock, M.L.C., Christchurch, and had seven sons and two daughters. Mr. Webb died on the 11th of February, 1901.