The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Councillor Thomas Waterloo Bear
Councillor Thomas Waterloo Bear, who was elected to the Napier Borough Council in April, 1905, was born in September, 1846, in Plymouth, England, where he was educated. He afterwards went to sea for some time, and came to New Zealand in 1865. Mr. Bear followed the diggings for several years, and then worked at his trade as a painter in Nelson. In 1876 he removed to Napier, and established himself in business as a painter and paperhanger. He has been for nineteen years a member of the local school committee; has been closely connected with the Working Men's Club since its inception, and has several times been its president; was one of the founders of the Caledonian Society, and is a Freemason.