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


The first Mayor of New Plymouth was Mr. A. Standish, who held office for two years, and was succeeded by Mr. A. C. Fookes, who was Mayor for one year. Then followed Mr. J. Davidson, for two years, and he, in turn, was succeeded by Mr. W. Bayly, who held office from 1881 to 1884, and again from 1886 to 1888. During the two intervening years, Mr. J. Paul was Mayor. Mr. J. B. Roy became Mayor in 1888, held office for one year, and, four years later, was again elected, and remained Mayor till 1897. The interval of four years between Mr. Roy's terms was filled by Mr. J. Bellringer. Mr. E. Dockrill succeeded Mr. Roy, and held office till the end of April, 1903. Mr. R. Cock held office for the three years ending April, 1906, when Mr. Dockrill was again elected. Of the nine gentlemen who have occupied the Mayor's chair, three are dead; namely, Messrs J. Davidson, J. Bellringer and W. Bayly. Before the incorporation of the borough, New Plymouth was managed by a Town Board.