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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]



On the 29th Of September, 1881, the city of Nelson was, by proclamation, divided into four wards; namely, Brook, Wood, Waimea, and Port Wards, for which councillors were elected as follows: C. E. Bunny, James Moorhouse and Francis Trask (Brook Ward); Henry Budden, J. H. Harley, and J. K. Little (Wood Ward); M. Crewdson, Robert Levien and William Powell (Port Ward); Thomas page 43 H. Stringer, S. Bolton, and J. A. Harley (Waimea Ward). However, on the 15th of June, 1886, the wards were abolished by proclamation, and the city of Nelson has since remained an undivided borough. Exclusive of the nine members of the present City Council, sixty-three citizens have served as councillors since the inauguration of the municipality. Death has claimed many of the number; some have left Nelson for other parts of the colony; and some who still reside in the city are referred to in other sections of this work. Though the office of a councillor, in any city or borough in the colony, is by no means an easy one, and the men who fill the positions give their time and services gratuitously: councillors too often are the objects of unreasonable cavilling and censure. Yet they are necessarily ratepayers, and as such, naturally, do their best for the general welfare. The leading men of Nelson have been members of the City Council; and Messrs E. Everett, J. A. Harley, and W. Akersten have, as such, seen the longest terms of service.

Mr. William Haddow , formerly a member of the Nelson City Council, was born in Scotland in 1831, and came to New Zealand, via Australia, in 1863. He joined Mr. Neale in business in Nelson under the style of Neale and Haddow. Mr. Haddow was thrice elected to the City Council, and takes an active interest in local and social affairs. He was married, in 1856, and has two daughters.

Mr. W. Haddow.

Mr. W. Haddow.

Mr. Thomas Halstead Harley , who was elected to the Nelson City Council in 1875, served on that body for fourteen years, during which he assisted in carrying out many important works for beautifying and improving the city. Amongst these were the Collingwood Street bridge, the formation of Halifax Street, the extension of Haven Road, and a new dam for an increased water supply. Mr. Harley unsuccessfully confested a mayoral election against Messrs Dodson and Graham.