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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]

Mr. Harry Joseph Beswick

Mr. Harry Joseph Beswick, who was Mayor of Christchurch in the year 1896, is a son of Mr. Joseph Sutton Beswick, J.P., an early pioneer colonist, who was Provincial Treasurer for Canterbury, Member of the House of Representatives for Kaiapoi, and for some time Resident Magistrate at Timaru. Mr. H. J. Beswick was born in Kaiapoi, on the 2nd of May, 1860, and received his education at Christ's College. He was articled to Messrs Harper and Harper, solicitors, Christchurch, and was admitted as a barrister in 1883. Mr. Beswick remained with the firm until its dissolution in 1893, when he began to practise on his own account, with offices in Hereford Street. Subsequently he joined Mr. George Harris in partnership, and the business is still continued under the style of Beswick and Harris. Mr. Beswick was formerly a well-known figure in athletic circles. He was captain of the school at Christ's College, and winner of the championship cup. He was also captain of the first College cricket team that toured the southern provinces, and he has played for Christchurch in interprovincial football matches. In 1899 Mr. Beswick married the second daughter of Mr. James Mills, managing director of the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand.