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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Wellington Newspaper Press

Wellington Newspaper Press.

Mr. E. T. Gillon, who occupied the editorial chair of the Post for so many years, and whose career is given on page 459, died on the 19th of April, 1896.

Mr. G. Lukin (vide page 460) succeeded Mr Gillon as editor of the Evening Post.

Mr. P. S. Cassidy (see page 460) retired from service under the New Zealand Times Company in October, 1896.

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Herbert Leicester, Manager and Secretary of the New Zealand Times Company, was born in 1857 in Melbourne, and was educated at King's College, London. After completing his collegiase course he served an apprenticeship on the London Stock Exchange, spending several years in that world-famed institution. Returning to the colonies, Mr. Leicester was some years in the English, Scottish, and Australian Chartered Bank, and in 1881 he entered into business in Port Adelaide as a ship-owner, shipping agent, and bonded store proprietor. He disposed of this business in 1890, and for the following three years engaged in the wheat trade, travelling most of the time in the various colonies. Mr Leicester joined the New Zealand Times as a clerk in 1893, and on the retirement of Mr. J. F. Buddle in April, 1896, he was appointed secretary, becoming manager six mounths later, on the resignation of Mr. P. S. Cassidy.

Mr. J. F. Buddle resigned his position as Secretary of the New Zealand Times Company in April, 1896 (vide page 461).

Mr. R. A. Loughnan, whose journalistic career is mentioned on page 463, retired from the position of editor of the Times in December, 1896

Mr. John Thomas Marryat Hornsby, Editor of the New Zealand Times, hails from Tasmania, having been born in 1857 in Hobart, where he was educated and brought up to the printing business by his father, Mr. M. Hornsby, general printer. Coming to New Zealand in 1874, Mr Hornsby settled at Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and a little later he took charge of a goldfields paper at Arrow–the Observer. In 1876 he joined the Southland Times at Invercargill as foreman printer, and after several years was engaged on the staff of the Southland Daily News, Mr Hornsby started the Lake County Press at Arrow in 1882, which he conducted till early in 1886; he then became editor of the Napier Evening News, where he remained till August, 1896, with the exception of a year as editor of the Christchurch Star. On leaving Napier he became sub-editor of the Times, and on Mr. Loughnan's retirement in December, 1896, he was promoted to the position of editor. In 1884 Mr Hornsby contested the seat for the Lakes District with the Hon. T. Fergus, and in 1896 he wooed the suffrages of the electors of Wairarapa with Mr. Buchanan, being unsuccessful in both cases. Mr. Hornsby was married in 1876 to a daughter of the late Mr. Dougald Napier, a prominent Glasgow citizen, and has one son.

Mr. P. J. Nolan, who is referred to on page 464 as sub-editor of the Times, now occupies the position of chief of the reporting staff.

Mr. William Charles Marter, Sub-Editor of the New Zealand Times, first saw the light in 1865 in Wellington, where he was educated. He began his newspaper career as a “reader” at the Times office in 1881. After a short interval he rejoined in 1886 as shipping reporter, and worked his way to the position of chief of the reporting staff, which office he held from 1891 to 1896, when he became sub-editor of the Hawkes Bay Herald. After a short time he accepted an offer to rejoin the Times as sub-editor. In out-door sports Mr. Marter has long taken a prominent part; he was secretary of the Wellington Cricket Association, and now acts in a similar capacity for the Wellington Rugby Union and the New Zealand Amateur Rowing Association.

The People (vide page 465) was amalgamated with the Weekly Herald, which Mr. Haggen purchased from Mr. Dwan, retaining, however, the former name. For a few months this journal was published, but it ceased to be issued in February, 1897.