The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 2 (June 1, 1931)
Members of the Board of Control — Biographical Notes
Members of the Board of Control
In 1925 Colonel Esson was appointed Chairman of the Royal Commission on Rural Credits, which investigated farm finance in the various countries of the world, and furnished a valuable report to the Government as a basis for our present Rural Intermediate Credits Act. Subsequently he was appointed Chairman of the Rural Intermediate Credits Board.
Having had lengthy service in the Volunteer and Territorial Forces, he was commander of the old Wellington City Rifles, and later of the 5th Wellington Regiment. When war broke out he volunteered for active service, and was selected for duty on the headquarters staff, being appointed Assistant-Quartermaster-General to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He was mentioned in dispatches and awarded the C.M.G. After the evacuation of the Peninsula he was appointed Colonel Commandant of the N.Z.E.F. in Egypt.
Sir James Gunson.
Sir James Gunson is one of Auckland's most prominent public men. He was born in Auckland in 1877, the eldest son of the late Mr. W. Gunson, and was educated at the Auckland Public Schools and Grammar School. Leaving school in 1892, he entered the business of his father, which, after his father's death, he himself conducted for several years until it was purchased by Messrs. Wright, Stephenson and Co. Sir James first entered public life in 1908, when he was elected a member of the Council of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, of which body he became president two years later. In 1909 Sir James was elected a member of the Auckland Harbour Board, and two years later he became chairman of the board, and held that office until 1915, when he was elected Mayor. In 1917, 1919, 1921, and 1923 Sir James was reelected to the Mayoralty without opposition. He did not contest the position in 1925. He took a leading part in war activities, having been president of the Auckland Patriotic Association since its inception, also chairman of the joint committee of the Red Cross Society and St. John Ambulance Association, and, in addition, he served on the National Efficiency Board. In 1918 he was made an Officer and later a Commander of the British Empire, and in 1922 a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. He was knighted in 1924.
Mr. Edward Newman.
Mr. Edward Newman, C.M.G., is a son of the late Edward Newman, Fleet surgeon in the Royal Navy. He arrived in New Zealand in the early 'eighties, and after a short experience on sheep stations he settled at Turakina on a bush farm, which was later subdivided for dairying. Mr. Newman sat as member of Parliament for Rangitikei from 1908 to 1922. He was called to the Legislative Council in 1923, and served there for seven years. Mr. Newman took a prominent part in the affairs of the New Zealand Farmers’ Union. For twenty years he served as a member of the Rangitikei County Council. He was the originator of the New Zealand Sheepfarmers’ Acknowledgment of Debt to British Seamen Fund, and is chairman of the trustees of Flock House.
Mr. Daniel Reese.
Mr. Daniel Reese is a Christchurch merchant. He was born in Christchurch in 1879, and received his education at the West Christchurch School and the Canterbury College School of Engineering. He served his apprenticeship at Anderson's, Christchurch, from 1894 to 1900, and was with Howard Smith's, Melbourne, from 1900 to 1903. He was at sea as a marine engineer from 1903 to 1906, trading to the Far East, the West Indies, and the Canadian and American coast. He received his chief engineer's ticket in 1906, and returned to Christchurch in the following page 14 year, becoming a member of the firm of Reese Bros. In the field of sport, Mr. Reese has had a noteworthy career. He first represented Canterbury at cricket at the age of 16. He first played for New Zealand in 1899, and was captain of New Zealand and Canterbury from 1907 to 1921. In addition, he played for the Melbourne Cricket Club from 1900 to 1903, and for the Tottenham Club (London) and Essex in 1906. He also represented Canterbury at football. Mr. Reese has extensive business interests in Christchurch, and he is president of the New Zealand Cricket Association.