The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
Mr. Walter H. Cooper
Mr. Walter H. Cooper, J.P., Mayor of Christchurch for the years 1895 and 1897, wan born in Somersetshire, England, in the year 1849. He arrived in Christchurch in 1882, when he joined the firm of Messrs Hopkins and Co., butchers, as manager. On severing his connection with that firm three years later, he bought the business of the late Mr. W. H. Mein, and successfully carried on a large wholesale and export trade till he retired in 1893. He was for some time a member of the City Council, and in 1895 he was chosen as mayor. Having filled that position with satisfaction to the citizens, they again elected him to the mayoralty in 1897, for a second year of office. In his connection with public affairs Mr. Cooper has filled several important positions, notably as chairman of the Conciliation Board, the St. John Ambulance Association, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and as a member of the Charitable Aid Board and Domain Board.