The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Callis, Charles, Accountant and Commission Agent, 41 Featherston Street, Wellington. Bankers, Bank of New Zealand. Private residence, 10 Ellice Street. Born in 1843, in Meads, Ashby, Northamptonshire, England, Mr. Callis came to Victoria in 1871, and for eight years was the representative of Messrs. George Wilson and Co., general merchants, of Melbourne. For three months every year he travelled in New Zealand, where he settled in 1879. Mr. Callis has been prominent in connection with exhibitions for many years past. He was Secretary for the New Zealand Government at the International Exhibition held in Sydney in 1879–80, Melbourne in 1880–1 and 1889, and at Wellington in 1885. While on a visit to England in 1886 he delivered a series of lectures on New Zealand in various parts of England. Mr. Callis is Secretary to the Wellington Industrial Association and the Wellington Horticultural and Florists' Society.