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Our Portrait Gallery.

The subject of the present sketch is His Worship the Mayor of Thames, and also M.H.R. for the Thames Electoral Distilct, William Fraser, Esq. He is a gentleman of good physique and commanding appearance: at one time the holder of responsible positions under the 'General Government, and latterly in all of our -local governing bodies. When Warden and Resident Magistrate for the Thames Goldfield, he suddenly, and for some reason or,other,nQt made public, resigned these positions, it being,'however, currently reported at the time that, he preferred no investigation of the matter. He served a term as Councillor in the Thrmcs Gouaty Council, being one of the representatives of the then Ohinomuri Riding in that body; and while there he was credited with getting a wharf erected on some ground mi wjuebjie was interested. * AtprestqJvhe fills the responsible office of Mayor, having been unanimously elected to' that position for the last three years." This has not btae altogether a bed of roses, e.s he has had to defend one suit in the Supreme Gourt in consequence^ of hil soaiewhat arbitrary ruling fVb*ad of the Council. He is a good party man, and so fay has made an excellent Member" for the district,'display- < ing a considerable amount of shrewdness < and judgment in his place in the House. He is by no means possessed of oratorical ability, and his success as a Member must be attributed rather fo steady application toshis duties and influence brought to bear on, the Government, ihau to hi? speeches in the House. He ;s somewhat hrsty and impetuous, and his opinions are generally quickly formed. With him first thoughts are usually the best, his intuitive decisions being generally sounder and more correct than when he gives thought to the subject' —-his heart being better than his bead.- He is greatly given to sporting and iU attendant evTl-of "betting: is too easily j:ifluenced for good or for evil, but is nos likely to harbor animosity or ill-feeling. An open and free speculator, liable to adopt bold methods to ensure success, he would condemn in' others,the faults he would J*. guilty of '" himself. ''Wanting in morl* courage, the emotional side of bis nature is easily moved, but on the whole he is a fairly useful member of society^ • , '*>" Folly is not ilways folly : it depend/oti the cbarax;----1 ter of those who handle it." " JIJMUS.

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Our Portrait Gallery., Thames Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 5414, 3 June 1886

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Our Portrait Gallery. Thames Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 5414, 3 June 1886

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