Topic: William Herbert Herries (1859-1923)

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Sir William Herbert Herries was a parliamentarian and MP for Tauranga. He is commemorated via Herries Memorial Arch on The Strand in Tauranga.

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Born in England in 1859, Herries immigrated to New Zealand in 1881 after graduating from Cambridge University.

He married Catherine Louisa Roche at Te Aroha on 4 December 1889 (reg. 1889/3653). 

He bought a 900 acre property near Te Aroha and was elected onto the Piako County Council in 1891. Soon afterwards he was elected MP for the Bay of Plenty (later Tauranga) electorate and remained a member of the House of Representatives from 1896 until his death in 1923. 

He was made Minister of Railways and Native Affairs in 1912 - the railway developments within the Bay of Plenty (including Tauranga and Mount Maunganui) took place whilst he held this office - and was knighted in 1921.

The years that William Herries spent in parliament were turbulent ones - locally and internationally - with wars, rapid social change and technological advances creating a whole new world and new challenges.

On his death he left bequests to a variety of charities and institutions including £1000 to be spent on the beautification of Tauranga borough. The council used the money to establish the gardens on the Strand and constuct the memorial archway as an entrance to the gardens. 

Herries Memorial Arch ........

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William Herbert Herries (1859-1923)

First Names:William Herbert
Last Name:Herries
Date of Birth:1859
Country of birth:England
Date of death:1923
Date of Arrival:1881
Spouses name:Catherine Louisa Roche
Spouses date of birth:c1858
Spouses date of death:21 April 1912
Spouses place of death:Ireland
Date of marriage:4 December 1889
Place of marriage:Te Aroha