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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. Charles Lewis

Mr. Charles Lewis, formerly Senior Member of the House of Representatives for the City of Christchurch, is a son of the late Mr. David Lewis, an early Canterbury settler. He was born in Christchurch in 1857, was educated at Christ's College, and at Clifton and Malvern Colleges in England. Mr. Lewis' father, at his death, left a property of 270 acres at Halswell, where Mr. Lewis resides, and which he farms. In local affairs he has served on the Halswell Road Board for a number of years, and was a member of the committee of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association for some time. At the by-election of 1896 caused by the retirement of the Honourable W. P. Reeves, who then became Agent-General, Mr. Lewis was returned to fill the vacant seat. At the general election in the same year he was elected with a majority of about six hundred votes above the next successful candidate. He was re-elected in 1899, but resigned his seat on the 24th of June, 1901. Mr. Lewis is a well-known breeder of Shropshire Down sheep, having imported some firstclass strains; he was an exhibitor at the local shows for four years, and successful in every instance in taking first prizes. He is fond of cricket. Mr. Lewis is married and has three sons and four daughters.

Wrigglesworth and Binns, photo.Mr. C. Lewis.

Wrigglesworth and Binns, photo.
Mr. C. Lewis.