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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. Frank Graham

Mr. Frank Graham, one of the City of Christchurch Members of the Lyttelton Harbour Board, was born in London in 1846. Educated at Mortlake, and brought up to mercantile life in London, Mr. Graham spent some time in India, and came to New Zealand in 1868, since which he has been a settler in Canterbury, For some time he was manager of Messrs. Dalgety and Co.'s Lyttelton branch, but in 1870 he commenced business on his own account as shipping agent at Lyttelton and Christchurch. In 1871, increase of business rendering in desirable to have better representation in Christchurch than could be offered by employees, Mr. Cuff joined him in the concern. This co-partnership, under the style of Cuff and Graham, existed for nearly twenty-five years, and is probably the only instance in Canterbury of an association existing so long without changes of partners or name of the firm. The firm was dissolved in June, 1895, and since then Mr. Graham has conducted business on his own account as ship and insurance broker, sharebroker, and commission agent. Mr. Graham resided in Lyttelton for some years, and while there took an active part in municipal and page 122 Masonic matters. In 1885, he was elected to represent the City of Christchurch on the Lyttelton Harbour Board, and was returned at the several subsequent elections unopposed until the contested election of 1897, when he was returned at the head of the poll. In 1889, he was elected chairman of the board, and was re-elected, successively, for a number of years. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1887–98. Mr. Graham has the Canterbury management of the Commercial Union Assurance Company, is vice-consul for Norway and Sweden, and a director of the Christchurch Gas Company. He is also a member of the Masonic Order, but at present unattached. Mr. Graham was married in 1882 to a daughter of Mr. J. Ward, of Ashburton, and has one son and one daughter, the former of whom assists him in business.

Mr. F. Graham.

Mr. F. Graham.