George Gray (1846 - d.) MP

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Mr. George Gray, Controller of Money-orders and Savings-banks, and Accountant of the Post-office and Telegraph Department, is a brother of Mr. William Gray, the Secretary and Superintendent. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1846, he came to the Colony per ship “Simla” in 1853, landing in New Plymouth with his father, the late Mr. William Gray, who was for many years a prominent officer in the General Post-office. Mr. Gray was educated partly in Taranaki, but chiefly in Nelson, and joined the Telegraph Department in Wellington as a clearing-room clerk in 1867. Steadily rising in the service, Mr. Gray had attained the position of chief clerk in the accountant's department in the year 1880, when the post-office and telegraph departments were amalgamated. At this time he was promoted to the position of second clerk in the accountant's branch of the combined departments, and after some three years succeeded to the post of senior clerk. In 1891, on the appointment of Mr. J. K. Warburton to the position of Public Trustee, Mr. Gray was appointed to his present position. In private life he has but one hobby, that of gardening. He is a member of the Church of Christ, Dixon Street. Mr. Gray was married in 1869 to Miss Elizabeth Spittal, by whom he had five children—four girls and one boy. In 1887 he married Miss C. A. Harcott, the issue being a girl.