William Henry Peter Barber
Born in Wellington in 1857, he was educated at St Peter's School. He began work in his fathers firm of Barber & Co, dyers an ultimately took it over.
Member of Parliament
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|1905||Changed allegiance to:||New Liberal|
New Liberal Party
Barber was associated with the New Liberal Party. His favourite idea was one shared by the other New Liberals-that the institutions of local government should be strengthened and given more scope and power. He heartily supported Harry Ell's 1904 Municipal Corporations Bill, which provided for borough councils to hold referenda.
Barber also advocated state fire insurance, state coal mines, and the old radical favourite, reduction of taxes on the necessities of life. However, he did not favour the elective executive.
Barber was a successful businessman, a director of the Wellington Woollen Company (chairman at the time of his death), and Chairman of Directors of the Wellington Opera House Company. He was elected to the Wellington City Council in 1891 and served as a councilor for 26 years.
He was a member of the Hutt Valley Electric Power Board (retired 1933); former director of Wellington Deposit and Mortgage Co; chairman of the Wellington College Board of Governors (1924 - 1931) and was a member of the Kauri Timber Royal Commission.
He had the first car in Wellington.
He married Miss Emily Clarke, of Somerset, England in 1879.
- Whitcher, G. F. (1966), The New Liberal Party 1905 [M.A.(Hons.) - University of Canterbury]
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
- "Obituary Mr. W.H.P. Barber", The Evening Post, CXXXV (12), 15 January 1943: 3
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