Westby Perceval

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Westby Brook Perceval, circa 1890

Sir Westby Brook Perceval (1854–1928) was a New Zealand politician of the Liberal Party.

Biography[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1887–1890 10th Christchurch South Independent
1890–1891 11th City of Christchurch Liberal

Perceval was born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1854. In 1867 he won a junior Somes scholarship to Christ's College, Christchurch. At the age of 16, in May 1870, he was received into the Catholic church. He completed his secondary education at Stonyhurst College in England. He married Jessie Johnston, daughter of John Johnston, in 1880. He was a lawyer in Christchurch.[1]

He represented the Christchurch South electorate from the 1887 general election[2] to the end of the parliamentary term in 1890, and then the City of Christchurch electorate from the 1890 general election to September 1891, when he resigned.[3][4] For the last three months in Parliament, he was Chairman of Committees.[5]

He was made Agent-General to the United Kingdom from 1891[3] to 1896, and then Agent-General for Tasmania from 1896 to 1898.

Perceval was knighted (KCMG) in 1894 and died in 1928.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rice, Geoffrey W. "Perceval, Westby Brook". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Christchurch South". The Star (Issue 6043). 27 September 1887. p. 4. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "The Agent-General". The Star (Issue 7270). 16 September 1891. p. 3. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 226.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 251.

References[edit]

  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  • Scholefield, Guy; Schwabe, Emil, eds. (1908). Who's who in New Zealand and the western Pacific (1st ed.). Wellington: Gordon & Gotch. 
  • "Agent-General (1897 article)". NZETC. 5 July 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ebenezer Hamlin
Chairman of Committees of the House of Representatives
1891
Succeeded by
William Lee Rees
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John Holmes
Member of Parliament for Christchurch South
1887–1890
In abeyance
Title next held by
Harry Ell
Vacant
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1881
Title last held by
Samuel Paull Andrews, Edward Richardson, Edward Cephas John Stevens
Member of Parliament for Christchurch
1890–1891
Served alongside: William Pember Reeves, Richard Molesworth Taylor
Succeeded by
William Pember Reeves, Richard Molesworth Taylor, Ebenezer Sandford
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Dillon Bell
Agent-General of New Zealand in the United Kingdom
1891–1895
Succeeded by
William Pember Reeves