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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

The Hon. William Reeves

The Hon. William Reeves, who was a member of the Legislature from 1884 up to the time of his death on the 4th of April, 1891, was a well-known Canterbury settler. His career as a Minister of the Crown is given on pages 71 and 72 of the Wellington Volume of the “Cyclopedia,” together with a brief sketch of his life in the Colony. He was an energetic and spirited colonist, and laboured earnestly in connection with various mercantile enterprises, which, temporarily absorbed his attention in the earlier days of settlement. Mr. Reeves was for the last thirty years of his well-spent life chief proprietor of the “Lyttelton Times” Company, of which he was also the managing director. Mr. Reeves was for years connected with the New Zealand Shipping Company as a director, and acted in a similar capacity on the management of the Mutual Life Association of Australasia, and from the commencement of the Union Insurance Company was a member of the directorate. He was also a governor of Canterbury College and a steward of the Canterbury Jockey Club. Mr. Reeves arrived in Lyttelton by the ship “Rose of Sharon” on the 25th of January, 1857, and was highly respected both for his business and personal qualities until the last. He was married at the Palace Church, Clapham, in 1853 to Ellen, eldest daughter of Mr. J. E. Pember, of Clapham Park, and member of the Stock Exchange, and had four sons and four daughters, the Hon. W. P. Reeves, Agent-General in London, being the eldest son.

Hon. W. Reeves.

Hon. W. Reeves.