Mr. William Sefton Moorhouse
was born at Knottingley, in Yorkshire, in the year 1825. He was called to the English Bar in 1849, and was Associate to Baron Martin. In 1851 he settled in Lyttelton, New Zealand, and in 1853 was returned to Parliament as member for Akaroa; he subsequently sat for Christchurch, Ashley, and Westland. He was Superintendent of the Province of Canterbury from 1857 to 1862, and again, from 1865 to 1868. The Moorhouse tunnel is a lasting memorial to his indomitable pluck and foresight, as it was carried out in spite of enormous opposition and in the early days of a small settlement. To him was chiefly due the planting of the Belt at Christchurch page 240
Mr. W. Watson.
President, Bank of New Zealand.
and the banks of the River Avon. He died at Wellington on 16th September, 1881, and was buried at Riccarton, near Christchurch. In 1885 a bronze statue was erected to his memory in the public gardens Christchurch, at a cost of nearly £2000, which was raised by public subscription. He and Mr. T. S. Duncan were devoted friends in union in all public affairs. Mr. Duncan left his business as a solicitor in Christchurch to assist W. S. Moorhouse in passing the Railway Bill in Auckland. The way in which he carried the Railway Bill was wonderful. It seemed as though his work was done after carrying the Bill through, then he stood down