REEVES, William Pember, 1857-1932, journalist and politician

Scope and Content

Cartoons of William Pember Reeves from New Zealand newspapers, 1890, whilst a member of parliament.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born New Zealand, 1857; educated at Christ's College Grammar School, Christchurch, New Zealand; educated as a barrister at Oxford University, and admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 1880; worked as a barrister, but preferred journalism; edited the Canterbury Times 1885-1889, and the Lyttelton Times , 1889-; Liberal Member of the New Zealand Parliament, 1887-1896; Minister of Education, Labour, and Justice, 1891-1896; resigned position to become Agent-General for New Zealand, 1896-1905; Governor of the London School of Economics and Political Science, [1896-1932]; first High Commissioner for New Zealand, 1905-1908; Director London School of Economics, 1908-1919; Member of Senate of University of London, 1902-1919; Director, 1908-1917, and Chairman of the Board, 1917-1931, National Bank of New Zealand; set up Anglo-Hellenic League; died 1932.


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Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Separated Material

The House of Lords Record Office holds correspondence with Herbert Samuel, 1888-1900 (Ref: Samuel Papers); the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, holds correspondence and papers.

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Custodial History

Transferred from the LSE in 1966.

Related Material

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds papers of William Pember Reeves relating to articles on strikes in the Daily Chronicle (Ref: Coll Misc 0099), his work as Agent General (Ref: Coll Misc 0198), the Royal Commission on Electoral Systems (Ref: Coll Misc 0203), and labour legislation in New Zealand and Australia (Ref: Coll Misc 0524). The Library also holds the papers of Maud Pember Reeves (Ref: Coll Misc 0847), and papers relating to her husband in the records of the Fabian Society (Ref: Fabian Society).