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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. Charles Beard Izard

Mr. Charles Beard Izard, who represented the constituency of Wellington South and Suburbs in the tenth Parliament from 1887 to 1890 was born in Brighton, England, in 1829. He was educated at King's College, London, and at Magdalen College, Cambridge, where he obtained a scholarship He took his degree in mathematical honours in 1854, and was first senior optime. About two years later, after studying. at Lincoln's Inn, he was called to the Bar, and at once entered on the practice of his profession in the Chancery Division. Mr. Izard arrived in Auckland in the month of May, 1860 per ship “Avalanche,” the Waikato War having just commenced. He did not stay long in the north, preferring Wellington for its central position. He arrived on the Prince of Wales' Birthday, 1860. On arrival, Mr. Izard founded the widely-known legal business—now Bell, Gully and Izard. In 1868 he admitted Mr. William Pharazyn, brother to the Hon. R. Pharazyn, to his firm, but this gentleman died four years later. Three years after this Mr. H. D. Bell, now one of the members for Wellington, joined Mr. Izard under the style of “Izard and Bell,” a firm that was very prominent in Wellington for many years. In 1876 he had a well-merited trip to England to see his friends and recruit his health. Returning to New Zealand Mr. Izard threw himself into his business with renewed earnestness and worked very hard for several years. He was most successful in the practice of his profession and amassed a competency, retiring from the firm in 1887, chiefly owing to failing eyesight. While in business Mr. Izard declined public life owing to the pressure of his legal duties. Since his retirement he has become a director of the Wellington-Manawatu Railway Company, in which he is a considerable shareholder. He is a governor of the Wellington College and Girls' High School. In the House of Represen tatives Mr. Izard acted consistently as a strong freetrader, and, though he was a supporter of the Atkinson Government, he voted against Sir Harry's protectionist proposals. Mr. Izard was married in 1859 to Miss Hayward, of Sussex, England, and has five sons and two daughters. The eldest son, Mr. C. H. Izard, is a member of the firm of Bell, Gully and Izard. Mr. H. S. Izard is a solicitor practising in the Wairs rapa. Another son is in Mr. Charles Beard Izard the Bank of New South Wales, and the two youngest are in England. The Misses Izard live at their father's beautiful residence in Hobson Street.