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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. Henry Sewell

Mr. Henry Sewell represented Christchurch in the first Parliament, called together in 1854 at Auckland, and was a member with out portfolio of the Executive Council, from the 14th of June till the 2nd of August, 1854. He was Colonial Secretary in 1856 and also held office in six succeeding Ministries down to 1872. Mr. Sewell was born in the Isle of Wight, and practised as a solicitor in England prior to leaving for New Zealand, where he arrived in 1853. He was associated with Mr. Edward Gibbon Wakefield, and was an active promoter of the Canterbury Association; and when this was wound up he was instrumental in securing valuable religious and educational endowments for Canterbury. Mr. Sewell practised his profession for some time in the colony, and was regarded as an able debater, a good constitutional lawyer, and a man of cultured literary tastes. The later years of his life were spent in England, where he died in 1879.