Aaron Ayers

Aaron Ayers (1836 – 16 September 1900) arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand from England as a newly married man in his mid 20s.wikipedia
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Mayor of Christchurch

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He was elected Mayor of Christchurch in 1885 unopposed, and was re-elected a year later in the most keenly contested mayoral election thus far, narrowly beating Charles Louisson.

Charles Hulbert (mayor)

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Charles Hulbert and Ayers were nominated for the mayoralty in Christchurch November 1883, and since both were well-known personalities, the election campaign period was interesting and lively.
Notable councillors elected in 1879 apart from Hulbert were James Gapes and Aaron Ayers.

Christchurch tramway routes

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Even before his installation, he had attended civic duties as mayor-elect together with the mayor, for example the opening of a band rotunda in Latimer Square, the start of the construction of the Corporation Line (tramway) and the opening of the Armagh Street Bridge into Hagley Park.
The Mayor and Mayor-elect, Charles Hulbert and Aaron Ayers, ceremoniously laid the first rail on 26 November 1885 at Latimer Square.

Charles Louisson

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He was elected Mayor of Christchurch in 1885 unopposed, and was re-elected a year later in the most keenly contested mayoral election thus far, narrowly beating Charles Louisson.
It was the most keenly contested mayoral election thus far, and Louisson was narrowly beaten by the incumbent, Aaron Ayers, with 636 to 631 votes.

James Gapes

Ayers and James Gapes contested the Christchurch mayoral election on 24 November 1880, which was won by Gapes. Louisson stood for the mayoralty after a public request made by the other eleven councillors (including Samuel Manning, Samuel Paull Andrews, William Prudhoe and Charles Gray), nine ex mayors (John Ollivier, Henry Sawtell, Fred Hobbs, Henry Thomson, William Wilson, Charles Hulbert, James Gapes, John Anderson and George Ruddenklau) and 13 ex councillors (including Daniel Reese).
Gapes was elected again on 24 November 1880, when he defeated Aaron Ayers.

Eden George

Westby Perceval, Ayers, Henry Thomson and Eden George contested the Christchurch South electorate in the.
Westby Perceval, Aaron Ayers, Henry Thomson and George were put forward as candidates.

Christchurch South

Westby Perceval, Ayers, Henry Thomson and Eden George contested the Christchurch South electorate in the.
Westby Perceval, Aaron Ayers, Henry Thomson and Eden George contested the Christchurch South electorate in the.

George Ruddenklau

Louisson stood for the mayoralty after a public request made by the other eleven councillors (including Samuel Manning, Samuel Paull Andrews, William Prudhoe and Charles Gray), nine ex mayors (John Ollivier, Henry Sawtell, Fred Hobbs, Henry Thomson, William Wilson, Charles Hulbert, James Gapes, John Anderson and George Ruddenklau) and 13 ex councillors (including Daniel Reese).
Speeches at the opening were given by Mayor Ruddenklau, Mayor-elect Charles Hulbert, and senior councillor Aaron Ayers.

Henry Thomson (New Zealand politician)

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Westby Perceval, Ayers, Henry Thomson and Eden George contested the Christchurch South electorate in the. Louisson stood for the mayoralty after a public request made by the other eleven councillors (including Samuel Manning, Samuel Paull Andrews, William Prudhoe and Charles Gray), nine ex mayors (John Ollivier, Henry Sawtell, Fred Hobbs, Henry Thomson, William Wilson, Charles Hulbert, James Gapes, John Anderson and George Ruddenklau) and 13 ex councillors (including Daniel Reese).
Westby Perceval, Aaron Ayers, Thomson and Eden George contested the Christchurch South electorate in the.

William Wilson (mayor)

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Louisson stood for the mayoralty after a public request made by the other eleven councillors (including Samuel Manning, Samuel Paull Andrews, William Prudhoe and Charles Gray), nine ex mayors (John Ollivier, Henry Sawtell, Fred Hobbs, Henry Thomson, William Wilson, Charles Hulbert, James Gapes, John Anderson and George Ruddenklau) and 13 ex councillors (including Daniel Reese).
Three positions were available contested by eight candidates, and James Gapes, Wilson, and Aaron Ayers were returned.

Frederic Jones

There were several people interested in standing in the electorate, but with Frederic Jones and Ayers, who had just been elected as Mayor of Christchurch, considered as the only contenders as having a chance of success, most other candidates withdrew from the contest.
There were several people interested in standing in the electorate, including the former Heathcote MP Henry Wynn-Williams, but with Jones and the current Mayor of Christchurch, Aaron Ayers considered as the only contenders of having a chance of success, most other candidates withdrew from the contest.

Christchurch

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Aaron Ayers (1836 – 16 September 1900) arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand from England as a newly married man in his mid 20s. Upon his arrival, he built a house at 290 Riverlaw Terrace in Opawa (these days a suburb of Christchurch).

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Ayers was born in Gloucester, England, in 1836.

Newington, London

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He married Isabella Eliza Ayers (née Williams) in Newington, Surrey in 1859.

Canterbury, New Zealand

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They came to Canterbury on the Gananoque, which arrived in Lyttelton on 9 May 1860.

Lyttelton, New Zealand

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They came to Canterbury on the Gananoque, which arrived in Lyttelton on 9 May 1860.

Opawa

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Upon his arrival, he built a house at 290 Riverlaw Terrace in Opawa (these days a suburb of Christchurch).

Heritage New Zealand

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The building is these days registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as Category II, with registration number 3730.

Christchurch City Council

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Ayers was elected as a councillor at Christchurch City Council in 1878, 1879 and 1882.

Hagley Park, Christchurch

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Even before his installation, he had attended civic duties as mayor-elect together with the mayor, for example the opening of a band rotunda in Latimer Square, the start of the construction of the Corporation Line (tramway) and the opening of the Armagh Street Bridge into Hagley Park.

William Sefton Moorhouse

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One of his first tasks as mayor was the unveiling of the Moorhouse Statue (commemorating William Sefton Moorhouse) in the Botanic Gardens.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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One of his first tasks as mayor was the unveiling of the Moorhouse Statue (commemorating William Sefton Moorhouse) in the Botanic Gardens.

Samuel Manning

Louisson stood for the mayoralty after a public request made by the other eleven councillors (including Samuel Manning, Samuel Paull Andrews, William Prudhoe and Charles Gray), nine ex mayors (John Ollivier, Henry Sawtell, Fred Hobbs, Henry Thomson, William Wilson, Charles Hulbert, James Gapes, John Anderson and George Ruddenklau) and 13 ex councillors (including Daniel Reese).

Samuel Paull Andrews

Samuel Andrews
Louisson stood for the mayoralty after a public request made by the other eleven councillors (including Samuel Manning, Samuel Paull Andrews, William Prudhoe and Charles Gray), nine ex mayors (John Ollivier, Henry Sawtell, Fred Hobbs, Henry Thomson, William Wilson, Charles Hulbert, James Gapes, John Anderson and George Ruddenklau) and 13 ex councillors (including Daniel Reese).