George Page (mayor)

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George Page
17th Mayor of Nelson
In office
Preceded by Walter Moffatt
Succeeded by Edgar Neale
Personal details
Born George Lloyd Page
(1878-03-31)31 March 1878
Bilston, Staffordshire, England
Died 8 November 1972(1972-11-08) (aged 94)
Nelson, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Mary Highet (m. 1905)
Occupation Furniture retailer

George Lloyd Page (31 March 1878 – 8 November 1972) was Mayor of Nelson, New Zealand from 1935 to 1941.

Private life and professional career[edit]

Page was born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England on 31 March 1878 and his family migrated to New Zealand in 1879.[1] His father was also named George.[2]

Page attended Hampton Street Primary School, Nelson.[3] He also played in the Nelson Garrison Band under Herr Gustav Handke and was noted as a fine musician.[4] In December 1898 Page joined his father's furniture making business, George Page and Sons.[5] When his father died in 1912 he had become its Managing Director.

He married Mary Highet, the daughter of T M Highet, on 27 April 1905 at Roseneath, Wellington.[6] The Page's had two sons and three daughters.

Page represented Nelson in cricket and rugby. He was also involved in setting up the Nelson Basketball League in 1925.[7]

He was also a keen worker in youth movements and was a Director of the YMCA. He was first chairman of the Friendly Society Dispensary-Board and of the Starr-Bowkett Society. Page served on the Nelson Licensing Committee.

Page died at Nelson in 1972, and was buried at Marsden Valley Cemetery, Stoke.[8]

Political career[edit]

He became a City Councillor in 1929[9] and was Chair of the local Unemployment Committee for three years (1931–1934) and president of the Smith Family since its inception.

In 1935 he stood for the Mayoralty against H E A Washbourne and was elected by 2699 votes to 1407.[10][11] During his term as Mayor Nelson Airport was constructed.[12]

Page did not stand in 1941 due to ill health and Edgar Neale, the Deputy Mayor, replaced him.


  1. ^ Mr George Page Senior, Colonist, Volume LIV, Issue 13518, 11 September 1912, Page 1
  2. ^ Who's who in New Zealand and the Western Pacific, 4th edition, Dr G H Schofield, LT Watkins Ltd, Wellington, 1941
  3. ^ Nelson Education Board, Colonist, Volume XXXVI, Issue 7520, 5 January 1893, Page 3
  4. ^ Untitled, Colonist, Volume XLVII, Issue 11333, 16 May 1905, Page 2
  5. ^ Page 2 Advertisements Column 3, Colonist, Volume XLII, Issue 9354, 14 December 1898, Page 2
  6. ^ Marriages, Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XL, 29 May 1905, Page 2
  7. ^ Nelson News - Basketball League, Evening Post, Volume CIX, Issue 119, 23 May 1925, Page 8
  8. ^ "Cemeteries database". Nelson City Council. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Nelson News, Evening Post, Volume CVII, Issue 101, 3 May 1929, Page 11
  10. ^ Civic Elections, Evening Post, Volume CXIX, Issue 108, 9 May 1935, Page 4
  11. ^ Nelson News, Evening Post, Volume CXIX, Issue 109, 10 May 1935, Page 5
  12. ^ Nelson Aerodrome, Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 32, 8 February 1937, Page 7
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Moffatt
Mayor of Nelson
Succeeded by
Edgar Neale