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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

The Hon. William Gisborne

The Hon. William Gisborne, M.L.C., was a member of the third Fox Ministry, as Colonial Secretary, having been first appointed a member of the Executive Council. He held office from July, 1869, till September, 1872. In the Grey Government he held the portfolios of Mines and Immigration, from July to October, 1879, and for fourteen days he was also Minister of Lands. Mr. Gisborne is a descendant of a Derbyshire family. Coming to New Zealand about the year 1848, he became Commissioner of Crown Lands, a position which he occupied till 1853, when he was promoted to the post of Under-Secretary, which he held till 1869. In the following year he was appointed Commissioner of New Zealand Government Insurance, an office which he retained for five years. Mr. Gisborne was a member of the Legislative Council in the sixties, and in 1877 he was elected a member of the House of Representatives while in London. In 1886 he was appointed a member of the New Zealand Commission for the Colonial and Indian Exhibition.