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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. Francis Penty

Mr. Francis Penty, who came to New Zealand in 1887, per ship “Kaikoura,” arriving in the Empire City, was elected a member of the City Council for Cook Ward in 1892, and retained his seat till 1895, when he was defeated by Mr. W Higginbottom. He was an energetic councillor, and was a member of the Electric Lighting, Public Library, Private Streets, and Public Works Committees. Mr. Penty's great forte was sanitation, and he has done much to forward the work of improved drainage in the city. He believes that, so far as the City Council is concerned, politics should be left severely alone, and that all should conspire together for the general good of the city as a whole. Mr. Penty has brought all his influence to bear on the important matter of keeping down the rates, and while he has done what he could in the direction of improvements in the city, he believes that matters of necessity should claim the attention of the Council first, and luxuries subsequently. Further particulars of Mr Penty's career will be found under the heading “Wellington Architects.”