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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

The Hon. William Reeves

The Hon. William Reeves, M.L.C., who was one of the third Fox Ministry, first as a member of the Executive Council without portfolio from the 27th of November, 1871, and on the sixth of the succeeding month as Resident Minister for the Middle Island till the defeat of this government on the 10th of September, 1872, was born at Clapham, near London. In early life he was put to banking as a profession, but after a few years he became a stockbroker. Coming to New Zealand he tried farming on the Canterbury Plains, and eventually settled in Christchurch where he became editor and chief proprietor of the Lyttelton Times. Mr. Reeves was prominent in provincial politics for many years. Entering the page 72 House of Representatives he had a short ministerial career, and in 1884 was appointed a member of the Legislative Council of which he was a member up to the time of his death at Christchurch on the 4th of April 1891. The honourable gentleman was the father of the Hon. W. P. Reeves, senior M.H.R. for Christchurch and Minister of Education and Labour in the Seddon Government.