The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
His Honour Charles Dudley Robert Ward
His Honour Charles Dudley Robert Ward , District Court Judge in Otago, is the eldest son of Sir Henry George Ward, G.C.M.G., of Gilston Park, Herts, who died in the year 1860, as Governor of Madras. Mr. Ward was educated at Rugby and at Wadham College, Oxford. After studying law at the Inner Temple he was called to the Bar in 1853, and arrived in New Zealand on the 30th of September of the following year. He was returned to the House of Representatives for the Wellington country district in 1855, and on the 1st of June, 1857, he was appointed chairman of the Courts of Sessions of the Peace for the Province of Wellington, and presiding judge of the Magistrate's Courts for Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Wanganui. On the 1st of January, 1864, Mr. Ward was appointed Resident Magistrate at Wellington, and two years later he was made District Judge for Wellington, Wanganui, Marlborough and Hawke's Bay. In September, 1867, Judge Ward was appointed Acting Supreme Court Judge in Dunedin. His appointment as District Judge for Westland, Southland, and Otago dates from the 1st of June, 1869. Subsequently he was Acting Supreme Court Judge at Auckland in September, 1886, at Christchurch in September, 1887, and at Dunedin in March, 1894. His Honour declined a permanent appointment on the Supreme Court bench in June, 1896, and an Acting Supreme Court judgeship in the following year. Mr. Ward was married in 1851, but has no children. Mrs. Ward died on the 31st of May, 1896.