The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
The Stratford District and Magistrate's Court in situated in Broadway. The first courthouse was destroyed by fire some years ago, and subsequently the present handsome building was erected and enlarged in 1905. It is built of wood and iron, and contains a court room, a public office, a magistrate's room, and rooms for witnesses and the clerk of the court. There is also a library and a robing room. Weekly sittings of the Magistrate's Court are held, and quarterly sittings of the District page 172 Court. Mr. A. Turnbull is Stipendiary Magistrate, and Judge Haselden, District Judge.
Mr. Michael Foley was appointed Clerk of the Stratford District and Magistrate's Court, in June, 1905. He was born in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1868. After settling in New Zealand he joined the Justice Department in Wellington, in 1898. He was clerk of the Magistrate's Court at Gore, before he received his present appointment.