DEVONPORT NEW ZEALAND
In 1848 the setting up of the "Hundred of
Pupuke" gave the landholders at North
Shore some small degree of self-government. The Constitution Act set up Provincial
Councils and the Provincial Govt. of Auckland was the immediate governing body.
Among the first Council Members were Allan and James O'NEILL, who owned part
of Stanley Point and the present O'Neills Point. Sir Frederick
WHITAKER owned the 5 acre block fronting Victoria Rd
and Clarence St. Mr. BECKHAM lived on the Beach Rd.
Mr. W.J.HURST (whose name is perpetuated in Hurstmere
Ave., Takapuna)was many years M.H.R. for the Waitemata
as well as being on the Council. G.M.REID, a well known
newspaper man, lived at Cheltenham. Captain DALDY owned
a large area behind Mt. Victoria. Maurice O'RORKE, W.L.REES, P.A.PHILLIPS, J.T. BOYLAN, John LUNDON, F.M BROOKFIELD, Mr. R. G. WOOD, Mr. George WEBSTER, J. Logan CAMPBELL, J. CADMAN , H.McILHONE, I.R.COOPER and many other men were all property owners on the Shore and Members of the Provincial Council.
On Dec. 19th. 1851 the first By Laws were drawn up.. These were signed
by Thomas POYNTON and P. MELAVIN.
The course of Politics was as rocky then as it is today. In
advertisement was inserted in the paper, protesting against the
Election, for a variety of reasons.
The following names were
appended to the Advertisement:
W. MENARY. B. MENARY. G.H. ALDRICH,
ROBT. MACKAY, M.SHEA, F.P. GARDNER, E. BIDDLE,
W. DAVIS, J. ANDREWS, H. WILSON, B.
BUTTERWORTH W. TREVARTHEN, R. PHILP, T. DUDER,
A. ALISON, W. OLIVER, T. HAMMOND, E.
HAMMOND, R. EAMES, W. NICHOLSON,
P.MCNENNY, T. POYNTON.