The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Mr. John Barton Roy
Mr. John Barton Roy was Mayor of New Plymouth from the 19th of December, 1888, to the 18th of December, 1889. He was again elected, and held office from the 26th of December, 1893, till the 25th of November, 1897. He had previously served as a councillor of the borough for three years. Mr. Roy was born at Trentham, near Wellington, and was educated at the Otago High School, and also at Nelson College. He was trained for the legal profession in Nelson, where he was admitted a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court, in December, 1876. In the year 1879, he commenced the practise of his profession in New Plymouth, and since that time has been legal adviser to a considerable number of local bodies. Mr. Roy has been closely associated with the institutions of Taranaki, and has taken a deep interest in education. Since the year 1889 he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the New Plymouth High School, and occupied the chair for five years. Mr. Roy is senior partner in the firm of Roy and Wilson.