CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1897
BAILEY, Walter Ambrose Lucas
His Worship the Mayor,
Walter Ambrose Lucas Bailey
His Worship the Mayor, Mr. Walter Ambrose Lucas Bailey, was born in Tasmania in 1843, his father being
chief clerk in the Controller's office there. After receiving a primary education in Hobart, at the age of twelve
he was sent to London, where he completed his education.
Leaving school, he was apprenticed to Wadie and Co., the well-known surgical and veterinary
instrument-maker of Kensington. Here he remained four years, and then returned to Australia. From
Melbourne he followed the gold rushes in Victoria and New South Wales for three years, and then came over
to New Zealand. Landing at Wellington, he went to work with his brothers in their sawmill at Pahautanui for a
year. From there he went to Canterbury and followed sawmilling on Banks Peninsular for seven years. He then
came to the Rangitikei district, and in 1878 started business as a timber merchant with his brother at Taonui. In
1890 the firm opened business in Halcombe, and two years later transferred the business to their present
premises in Feilding, where, with Mr. Cornfoot, they trade as the Manawatu Timber Co. The firm has five
sawmills in operation in the Hunterville and Birmingham districts. Mr. Bailey was married in 1862 to Mrs.
Webb, of Canterbury, and they have two sons and three daughters. Mr. Bailey's private residence is on his
farm at Taonui. Here he has some 400 acres of good agricultural land, on which he breeds sheep and cattle.
The farm is managed by his eldest son. Mr. Bailey is a Past Master in the Masonic order, and a captain on the
retired list of New Zealand's Volunteer officers, having had control of the Manchester Rifles for some years.
He is chairman of directors of the Feilding Building Society, chairman of the Racing Club Committee, chairman
of the Taonui School Committee, a post he has held for ten years, president of the Feilding Bowling and
Football Clubs, and vice-president of many other pastime organizations.
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