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Hawke's Bay Presidents, 1886 -

Presidents of the Hawke's Bay District Law Society (18 February 1886 to 31 January 2009) and the Hawke's Bay branch of the New Zealand Law Society (1 February 2009). The President elected for the period through to the end of the year is shown:

1886John Nathaniel Wilson1953JH Holderness
1887John Nathaniel Wilson1954JH Holderness
1888John Nathaniel Wilson1955Hallam W Dowling
1889John Nathaniel Wilson1956Hallam W Dowling
1890John Nathaniel Wilson1957J Tattersall
1891John Nathaniel Wilson1958J Tattersall
1892Arthur James Cotterill1959WA McLeod
1893James Wren Carlile1960WA McLeod
1894Henry Arthur Cornford1961KU McKay
1895George Edward Sainsbury1962KU McKay
1896Patrick Stirling McLean1963Gordon Ellis Bisson
1897Francis Logan1964Gordon Ellis Bisson
1898Edward Heathcote Williams1965John Herman von Dadelszen
1899Herbert Humphries1966John Herman von Dadelszen
1900H Burnett1967George C Doole
1901W Dinwiddie1968George C Doole
1902Charles Dugald Kennedy1969Lawrence Milne Smith
1903Hugh Butler Lusk1970Lawrence Milne Smith
1904Henry Arthur Cornford1971Noel Joseph Toomey
1905Patrick Stirling McLean1972Noel Joseph Toomey
1906Edward Heathcote Williams1973Bernard Stuart Devine
1907Francis Logan1974Bernard Stuart Devine
1908Henry Arthur Cornford1975Adam Keith Monagan
1909AB Campbell1976Adam Keith Monagan
1910Hugh Butler Lusk1977Peter Morrison MacCallum
1911Charles Dugald Kennedy1978Peter Morrison MacCallum
1912Wilfred Cotton Sproule1979Rodney Gerald Gallen
1913WG Wood1980Graham Mitchell Cowley
1914Henry Arthur Cornford1981Paul von Dadelszen
1915Patrick Stirling McLean1982James Daniel Donovan
1916Edward Heathcote Williams1983Timothy George Twist
1917AB Campbell1984Timothy George Twist
1918Wilfred Cotton Sproule1985Terence Roy Peach
1919Hugh Butler Lusk1986Terence Roy Peach
1920Edward Joseph Whebby Hallett1987Lester Hugh Chisholm
1921ML Gleeson1988Lester Hugh Chisholm
1922TB McNeil1989Lester Hugh Chisholm
1923Francis Logan1990John Patrick Matthews
1924H Holderness1991John Patrick Matthews
1925EM Sladden1992Andrew Morrison
1926C Duff1993Andrew Morrison
1927Hugh Butler Lusk1994Anthony P (Tony) Walsh
1928Hugh Butler Lusk1995Anthony P (Tony) Walsh
1929Hugh Butler Lusk1996Peter Headifen
1930Hugh Butler Lusk1997Peter Headifen
1931Hugh Butler Lusk1998William (Bill) Calver
1932Hugh Butler Lusk1999Nevin Dawson
1933Hugh Butler Lusk2000Nevin Dawson
1934Hugh Butler Lusk2001Jacqui Gray
1935Hugh Butler Lusk2002Jacqui Gray
1936Hugh Butler Lusk2003Stuart John Webster
1937Hugh Butler Lusk2004Stuart John Webster
1938Hugh Butler Lusk2005Bruce William Gilmour
1939Hugh Butler Lusk2006Bruce William Gilmour
1940Hugh Butler Lusk2007Michael Morgan
1941Hugh Butler Lusk2008Michael Morgan
1942Hugh Butler Lusk2009Ingrid Pamela Squire
1943Hugh Butler Lusk2010Ingrid Pamela Squire
1944EJW Hallett2011Jonathan Grant Krebs
1945MR Grant2012Jonathan Grant Krebs
1946William George Wood2013Carol Denise Hall
1947AE Lawry2014Carol Denise Hall
1948AE Lawry2015Alison Claire Souness
1949JH Holderness2016Alison Claire Souness
1950JH Holderness2017Maria Christine Hamilton
1951LW Willis2018Maria Christine Hamilton
1952LW Willis 

The first Hawke's Bay lawyers

The first lawyer in the region was John Nathaniel Wilson. He was born in England in 1822 and settled in Napier in the late 1850s. An advertisement in the Hawke's Bay Herald on 29 October 1859 shows he was practising from an office in Shakespeare Road. Wilson became Crown Prosecutor in 1860 and Hawke's Bay Provincial Solicitor in 1861. Perhaps fittingly, he was elected the first President of the Hawke's Bay District Law Society when it was formed in 1886. After returning to England in 1891 Wilson died on 14 November 1895 aged 73.

By 1872 there were at least four lawyers in Napier: Wilson, George Edmund Lee (who commenced practice there on 26 September 1864), Joshua Cuff (in practice in late 1866), H McIntyre, and Silas J Stedman (from 18 November 1869).

The first Hawke's Bay lawyers to practise in locations outside Napier were Duncan Guy (who began in Waipawa in 1879), EH Williams (who started practice in Hastings on 10 March 1884), HA Bamford and JJ Patterson (who were practising in Dannevirke in the 1890s), and RD Florance (practising in Woodville by February 1886).

Last updated on the 15th May 2018