William Henry Peter Barber
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
|Preceded by||new electorate|
|Succeeded by||electorate abolished|
|Wellington City Councillor|
|Born||10 September 1857
Wellington, New Zealand
|Died||15 January 1943
Wellington, New Zealand
|New Liberal Party|
Early life and family
Born in Wellington in 1857, Barber was educated at St Peter's School. He began work in his father's dyeing firm of Barber and Company, and eventually became its head. He married Emily Clarke, of Somerset, England in 1879, and had three sons and two daughters.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|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.
He served as 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 contested the 1905 Wellington City mayoral election and came second, beaten by Thomas William Hislop. He was a member of the Hutt Valley Electric Power Board (retired 1933); director of Wellington Deposit and Mortgage Company; chairman of the Wellington College Board of Governors (1924–31) and a member of the Kauri Timber Royal Commission.
- "Obituary Mr. W.H.P. Barber". Evening Post. CXXXV (12). 15 January 1943. p. 3. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, 123: 372 Missing or empty
- New Zealand Times: 7, 24 November 1902 Missing or empty
- "Wellington City Council". The Free Lance. V (43). 29 April 1905. p. 16. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- "Deaths". Evening Post. 15 January 1943. p. 1. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
- "Cemeteries search". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
- 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.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Newtown