The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Mr. Henry Otterson
Mr. Henry Otterson, Clerk Assistant to the House of Representatives, is a New Zealander, born at Richmond, Nelson, in 1846, and is the eldest son of Francis Otterson, one of the original Nelson proprietors. He was educated at Father Garin's Catholic School, and afterwards at Nelson College, holding during his last two years at that establishment a Foundation Scholarship for general knowledge, and the Stafford Scholarship for modern history of £30 and £20 per annum respectively. On leaving school, Mr. Otterson was for two years in a merchant's office, and subsequently he spent some two or three years on sheep and cattle stations in Nelson and Auckland Provincial Districts. After an experience of about twelve months on the Thames and Coromandel goldfields, he was appointed extra clerk to the House in 1870. Two years later Mr. Otterson was appointed reader, and in October, 1875, he was made second clerk-assistant. This position he occupied till 1889, when his present position was conferred. Mr. Otterson is an amateur artist of some ability; he has executed a painting of the late Sir William Fitzherbert, for many years Speaker of the Legislative Council, which occupies a prominent position in the Chamber; and in the Free Public Library there is a painting of Sir Maurice O'Rorke, the Speaker of the Lower House, which is also from the brush of Mr. Otterson. As a sheep-farmer Mr. Otterson had a run in Marlborough for about ten years, which he disposed of in 1883. He was married in 1875 to Octavia, daughter of the late Rev. H. Hanson Turton, of Auckland. His family includes two daughters and five sons.