Mr. William Arthur Dunbar Banks
was appointed Sheriff, Deputy-Registrar
of the Supreme Court, Clerk of the Magistrate's Court and Returning Officer, in the year 1903. He is the eldest son of Mr. W. D. Banks, who was for many years Town Clerk of Hokitika, and was born in Invercargill and educated on the West Coast. Mr. Banks entered the Magistrate's Court in Hokitika, and served three years under Dr. Giles, Stipendiary Magistrate. He was then transferred successively to various parts of the colony, and was subsequently appointed Relieving Officer for the whole colony under the Justice Department for four years. Mr. Banks then became second clerk in the Magistrate's Court at Auckland, and eighteen months later was transferred to Christchurch. Later on, Mr. Banks was transferred to Hokitika as Clerk of the Court, and Receiver of Gold Revenue, and after fifteen months' service was appointed to New Plymouth. He married a daughter of Mr. H. G. Clark, merchant, Christchurch, in the year 1899, and has two sons.