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William Reece
William Reece cropped.jpg
23rd Mayor of Christchurch
In office
20 December 1899 – March 1901
Preceded by Charles Louisson
Succeeded by Arthur Rhodes
Personal details
Born 1856
Died 17 July 1930

William Reece (1856 – 17 July 1930) was Mayor of Christchurch 1899–1901.[1]

Early life[edit]

Reece was born in 1856[2] in Christchurch, where he went to school.[3]

Professional life[edit]

-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

Political career[edit]

Banquet invitation for the centennial celebrations hosted by Mayor William Reece

Louisson was succeeded by Reece, who was elected unopposed on 20 November 1899[4] and installed as mayor on 20 December 1899.[5]

Gone 'home' to get plans for hydro station on Waimak priced

Last Council meeting to be chaired by Reece

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. [1]


Reece died on 17 July 1930. He was buried two days later at Linwood Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ "Chairmen and mayors". Christchurch: Christchurch City Council. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "William Reece (1856-1930)". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ex Mayors". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Canterbury Provincial District). Christchurch: Cyclopedia Company Limited. 1903. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mayoral Elections". The Star (6647). 20 November 1899. p. 3. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mayoral Installation". The Star (6673). 20 December 1899. p. 3. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database". Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 

Category:Mayors of Christchurch Category:Burials at Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch