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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. James Edward Fitzgerald

Mr. James Edward Fitzgerald, C.M.G., the first Superintendent of the Province of Canterbury, was elected to that position after the promulgation of the Constitution Act, in January, 1853, and held office up to 1857. He arrived at Lyttelton, by the ship “Charlotte Jane,” one of the first four ships, in December, 1850, and brought out with him the plant for the “Lyttelton Times,” which he edited for two years. Subsequently he established the “Press” newspaper, and edited it for some time. Mr. Fitzgerald sat in the first Parliament of New Zealand, and was for some time a member of the Executive Council, without portfolio. On retiring from Parliament in 1866, he was appointed to the office of Controller, and also, soon afterwards, to the Auditor-Generalship. Mr. Fitzgerald died at Wellington on the 2nd of August, 1896. Further particulars of his colonial career are given at page 119 of the Wellington volume of this Cyclopædia.