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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]

The Hon. John Hyde Harris

The Hon. John Hyde Harris , who was for two years Superintendent of the Pronvince of Otago, was born at Deddington, Oxfordshire, England, in 1825. he was educated for the legal profession. In 1850 he arrived in New Zealand, and settled in Otago.where he practised as a barrister and solicitor for nine years. Mr. Harris was appointed a district judge and resident magistrate. He
Morris, photoThe Late Hon. J. H. Harris.

Morris, photo
The Late Hon. J. H. Harris.

page 37 acted as a judge till the office was abolished in, 1862, and continued a magistrate for two years later. He was elected in 1853 to the Provincial Council, in which he represented Port Chalmers until 1859. Mr. Harris was elected Superintendent in 1863, and resigned in 1865. He took an active part in the public affairs of Dunedin, and helped to promote the first New Zealand Exhibition, held in 1865, and was its president. Mr. Harris was also the second Mayor of Dunedin, and from 1867 he was a member of the Senate of the Otago University. He is referred to in another article as having been a member of the Legislative Council. Mr. Harris died on the 24th of July, 1886.