George Manning (politician)
|George Manning in 1950|
|39th Mayor of Christchurch|
|Preceded by||Robert Macfarlane|
|Succeeded by||Ron Guthrey|
|Born||11 February 1887
|Died||29 December 1976
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Edith Manning (nee Willmore)|
Sir George Manning CMG (11 February 1887 – 29 December 1976) was Mayor of Christchurch from 1958 to October 1968, when he retired. He served a total of 34 years on the Christchurch City Council.
Manning was born in Gowerton, Wales, on 11 February 1887. He was the son of Richard Manning (steelworker) and Sarah Davies. Together with a friend, he emigrated to Christchurch in 1910. He married Scottish-born Sarah Edith Willmore at the Trinity Congregational Church, Christchurch Central City, on 11 October 1923.
Manning stood unsuccessfully for Christchurch City Council in 1917 and 1919 as a Labour Party candidate. In 1920, he got offered a position as organising secretary of the Canterbury WEA on the condition that he abstained from political office. This restriction was lifted in 1925. He served WEA from February 1921 to 1948.
He was elected onto Christchurch City Council in 1927 and served one term until 1929. He was again successful in a 1936 by-election and served a continuous 32 years, first as councillor (until 1958) and then mayor.
Mayor of Christchurch
Manning stood for the Labour Party in the 1943 election in the Christchurch North electorate, but lost against Sidney Holland. He then contested the St Albans electorate in the 1949 election, but was unsuccessful against Jack Watts.
Manning was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1960 for services to local government and education, and was knighted in 1967. For his contributions to adult education, the University of Canterbury awarded him an honorary doctorate (LLD) in 1972. He died in Christchurch on 29 December 1976, survived by his wife and their son. His wife died in 1998.
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- "Christchurch Chronology 1968". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
- Sharfe, Jean. "Manning, George". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
|Mayor of Christchurch