Mr. Edward Dockrill
was elected Mayor of New Plymouth in April, 1906. He had previously been Mayor continuously for five years and a half,
from 1897, until May, 1903; and he has also held office for many years as a councillor. Mr. Dockrill was born in County Wexford, Ireland, and arrived in New Zealand by the ship “Ballarat,” in the year 1866, landing in Auckland. For fourteen years he was on the West Coast and Thames goldfields, where he followed mining with varied success until 1880, when he removed to New Plymouth, and took charge of Messrs Garrett Bros.' business, which he subsequently bought and still carries on. He has always been ready to assist in any public movement for the advancement and welfare of Taranaki. Mr. Dockrill has represented the borough for several years on the Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, and he has been a member, and also chairman, of the school committee, and a member of the Board of Governors of the New Plymouth High School. In the year 1882, Mr. Dockrill married a daughter of Mr. W. H. Bosworth, and has two sons.