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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]

Mr. J. H. Witheford

Mr. J. H. Witheford, one of the three members for Auckland City, was elected on the 27th of April, 1900, at the by-election, caused by the death of Mr. W. Crowther. There were five candidates, two of whom had previously been in Parliament, but Mr. Witheford headed the poll with 4927 votes, the next on the list having 2823. Mr. Witheford has for many years been a prominant man in Auckland, where he was for some time in business as a sharebroker. Only a year or two ago he returned from a prolonged residence in London, where he did much to promote the interest of New Zealand, and was especially successful in obtaining concessions from the Admirality for the Calliope Dock in Auckland. Prior to going to London, Mr. Witheford was a member of the Auckland Harbour Board, to which, after his return, he was again elected by the Borough Council of Birkenhead, and was elected the Board's chairman in 1900. Mr. Witheford is a strong supporter of the San Francisco main service, with Auckland for its point of arrival and departure in New Zealand and makes his support of the Liberal party in politics dependent upon what he considers “justice to Auckland.”