The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69
Mr. Devore, President of the Jubilee Committee
Mr. Devore, President of the Jubilee Committee.
Mr. A. E. Devore, President of the Committee, has played the most active part in connection with the Jubilee celebration. The proposal to have a grand celebration of the Jubilee was conceived during his occupation of the Mayor's chair, and all through he has kept the object steadily in view, sparing no trouble or exertion to make it a success. His services to the Jubilee celebration will be gratefully remembered by the citizens of Auckland.
Albert Edward Tyrell Devore, our ex-Mayor, was elected without opposition to the Mayoralty of Auckland in 1886, and served for three terms in succession unopposed. Mr. Devore was born in Wiltshire in 1843, and was educated at Devizes, in the same county. He came out to Melbourne in 1859 while a lad of sixteen, and commenced the study of the law in the office of Mr. Fleetwood, solicitor. In 1862 he came to New Zealand, and having been seized with the "yellow fever" he worked as a digger for six months on one of the goldfields in Otago. Becoming tired of his occupation, he returned to the law, entering the office of Messrs. Howarth and Graham, solicitors, Dunedin. He continued there till 1866, when he, with Mr. W. L. Rees, went to Hokitika. Mr. Devore had the management of Messrs. Rees and Tyler's business for several years till they came to Auckland, and he accompanied them here. In 1871 he was admitted to practice, and went into partnership with Mr. J. B. Russell, which lasted eleven years.
In 1883 Mr. Devore entered into partnership with Mr. Theophilus Cooper, who had been a member of the firm of Russell, Devore, and Cooper, and the present firm of Devore and Cooper is the result. About this time he stood for Ponsonby Ward in the City Council, and was returned at the top of the poll. His election as Mayor came in due course, and he fulfilled the duties of his high office with efficiency and ability. At the close of his Mayoral career Mr. Devore determined to see the Jubilee celebrations through, and to that business he has latterly devoted the greater portion of his time and attention. Much of the success attending it is due to his prudence, foresight, and business capacity.