The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
Mr. Hugh Percy Murray-Aynsley
Mr. Hugh Percy Murray-Aynsley, J.P., Chairman of the New Zealand Directors of the New Zealand Shipping Company, Limited, was born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1828. He came out to Lyttelton in 1858 by the s.s. “Queen,” a vessel purchased by the late Hon. James Macandrew to open up trade between Melbourne and New Zealand. For many years after settling in Christchurch Mr. Murray Aynsley was engaged in business as a partner in the firm of Miles and Co., from which he retired shortly before the firm was incorporated into a limited liability company. Mr. Murray-Aynsley was engaged for many years as a sheep-farmer at Mount Hutt, but afterwards disposed of his landed interest. He joined the New Zealand Shipping Company in 1873, and has been a director since that time. In the days of the Provincial Government he was a member of the executive, and sat as member for Lyttelton in the Provincial Council. In 1869 he acted as deputy-superintendent of the province during Mr. Rolleston's absence in the House of Representatives. He represented Lyttel ton in the General Assembly during 1876–79. Mr. Murray-Aynsley has long been a member of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and at one time filled the position of president. He has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1860, and was president during 1862–3. Mr. Murray-Aynsley was married in 1859 to a daughter of Mr. Thomas Campbell, of Edinburgh. This lady died in 1893, leaving four sons and three daughters.