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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Former Members Of The Legislative Council

Former Members Of The Legislative Council.

The Hon. George Cutfield was a member of the Legislative Council in the years 1853–4, and again in 1856–7. Mr. Cutfield was a naval architect in England, and prior to his departure for the colony, on the 19th of November, 1840, was employed in connection with Her Majesty's dockyard, in Devonport. Mr. Cutfield came out in charge of the expedition on board the “William Bryan,” which and. chored off the Sugar Loaves, on the 30th of March, 1841. He was a pioneer settler, who did invaluable work in the early days. Latterly, he farmed Brooklands estate, adjacent to the beautiful Recreation Reserve at New Plymouth, and resided there until his death.

Sir Harry Albert Atkinson had a seat in the Legislative Council during the last eighteen months of his life, and was its Speaker from the 23rd of January, 1891, till the 28th of June, 1892—the date of his death. Sir Harry was a prominent figure in Taranaki in the early days, and did notable work in connection with the troop of Bush Rangers, of which he was captain. His biography and portrait appear at pages 62–63 of the Wellington volume of this Cyclopedia, and he is also further noticed on page 100 of the same volume.

The Hon. William Thomas Jennings was called to the Legislative Council on the 15th of October, 1892, but resigned in 1902 to stand for election to the House of Representatives. He is referred to in another paragraph as member of Parliament for Egmont.