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15 May 2018

Gisborne Presidents, 1907 -

Presidents of the Gisborne District Law Society (February 1907 to 31 January 2009) and the Gisborne branch of the New Zealand Law Society (from 1 February 2009). Honours held at the time of appointment are included:

YearPresidentYearPresident
1907-08James Wrey Nolan1964-65PF Robinson
1908-09James Wrey Nolan1965-66Brian Henry Bull
1909-10James Wrey Nolan1966-67Brian Henry Bull
1910-11James Wrey Nolan1967-68Michael Dawson Chrisp
1911-12Edmund James Chrisp1968-69Michael Dawson Chrisp
1912-13George Duncan Cameron Stock1969-70Roderick Anthony Chrisp
1913-14William Lincoln Lee Rees1970-71Roderick Anthony Chrisp
1914-15Thomas Alston Coleman1971-72Richard Ronald Kearney
1915-16James Blair1972-73Richard Ronald Kearney
1916-17Robert Ulrick Burke1973-74MF McIntyre
1917-18Frany Wrey Nolan1974-75MF McIntyre
1918-19Thomas Alston Coleman1975-76AJ Sheehan
1919-20Harld Ernest Bright1976-77AJ Sheehan
1920-21Leonard Thomas Burnard1977-78Thomas Murray Thorp
1921-22George Duncan Cameron Stock1978-79Thomas Murray Thorp
1922-23George Duncan Cameron Stock1979-80Trevor David Caley
1923-24Frany Wrey Nolan1980-81Trevor David Caley
1924-25Frany Wrey Nolan1981-82Denis Redding Kohn
1925-26James Blair1982-83Denis Redding Kohn
1926-27James Blair1983-84Neil Weatherhead
1927-28James Blair1984-85Neil Weatherhead
1928-29Leonard Thomas Burnard1985-86Stephen Thomas Crosby
1929-30Leonard Thomas Burnard1986-87Stephen Thomas Crosby
1930-31Frany Wrey Nolan1987-88Geoffrey Douglas Bibby
1931-32Frany Wrey Nolan1988-89Geoffrey Douglas Bibby
1932-33John Stewart Wauchop1989-90Chris J Devonport
1933-34John Stewart Wauchop1990-91Chris J Devonport
1934-35John Stewart Wauchop1991-92Tony Adeane
1935-36Reginald Frank Gambrill1992-93Tony Adeane
1936-37Reginald Frank Gambrill1993-94John Richard O'Leary
1937-38Arthur Trevor Coleman1994-95John Richard O'Leary
1938-39Arthur Trevor Coleman1995-96John Richard O'Leary
1939-40John de Visme Wynter Blathwayt1996-97Douglas Drury Rishworth
1940-41John de Visme Wynter Blathwayt1997-98Douglas Drury Rishworth
1941-42James Gould Nolan1998-99Victoria Louise (Vicki) Thorpe
1942-43Louis Carey Parker1999-00Victoria Louise (Vicki) Thorpe
1943-44Louis Carey Parker2000-01Joseph John Martin
1944-45Dawson Ernest Chrisp2001-02Joseph John Martin
1945-46Dawson Ernest Chrisp2002-03Peter Douglas Kite
1946-47James Gould Nolan2003-04Denys Barry
1947-48James Gould Nolan2004-05Denys Barry
1948-49Geoffrey John Jeune2005-06Gordon Richard Webb
1949-50Geoffrey John Jeune2006-07Gordon Richard Webb
1950-51Wilfrid Christian Kohn2007-08Allan Hall
1951-52Wilfrid Christian Kohn2008-09Allan Hall
1952-53Mervyn Reeves Maude2009-10Adam Mervyn Simperingham
1953-54Mervyn Reeves Maude2010-11Adam Mervyn Simperingham
1954-55Richard Edward Gambrill2011-12Alistair William Clarke
1955-56Richard Edward Gambrill2012-13Alistair William Clarke
1956-57Keith Alexander Woodward2013-14Alistair William Clarke
1957-58Keith Alexander Woodward2014-15Tiana Epati
1958-59John Dudley Kinder2015-16Tiana Epati
1959-60John Dudley Kinder2016-17Alison Jan Bendall
1960-61KG Scott2017-18Alison Jan Bendall
1961-62KG Scott2018-19David Charles Smith Ure
1962-63D'Arcy W Iles2019-20David Charles Smith Ure
1963-64PF Robinson 

Gisborne's first woman lawyer

The first woman to practise law in Gisborne was Annie Lee Rees, daughter of lawyer William Lee Rees (and sister of 1913 President William Lincoln Lee Rees). She was born in Australia on 24 April 1864 and her family emigrated to New Zealand. She began work as a teacher, graduating from Otago University with a BA in 1901 and MA with honours in political science in 1902. After spending time abroard she returned to Otago University and studied law, graduating LLB and being admitted as a barrister and solicitor in September 1910 by Justice Sir Frederick Chapman whose father had admitted her father in 1866. She entered legal practice with her father and brother in Gisborne from 1911 to 1912. When her father died in 1912 she returned to teaching. She died in Gisborne on 20 August 1949 aged 85 after a remarkable career. (Portrait of a Profession, AH & AW Reed, 1969, page 302).

Last updated on the 20th June 2019