|23rd Mayor of Christchurch|
20 December 1899 – March 1901
|Preceded by||Charles Louisson|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Rhodes|
|Died||17 July 1930|
-Gifted by Charles Frederick Goldie to William Reece (1856-1930) of Bottle Lake Farm, Bottle Lake Forest Park, Christchurch. Charles Goldie lived for a period in William Reece’s stable attic at Bottle Lake Farm. Upon Reece’s death in 1930 the work was passed to one of his sons who, upon departing to America, gifted the work to a cousin, Mrs Molineaux who upon her death in 1968, passed the work to her son, Paul Molineaux. William Reece was the President of the Canterbury Society of Arts and was Mayor of Christchurch in 1900.- little bio
Mayoral elections were usually held in the second half of December, but in 1900, that would have clashed with the Canterbury Jubilee celebrations (the First Four Ships first arrived in December 1850). Mayoral elections were thus postponed until April 1901. Reece declared in December 1900 that he could not serve another term due to other commitments, and Arthur Rhodes received a requisition asking him to be nominated as mayoral candidate. 
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