About William Gray
Mr. William Gray, the Secretary of the Post and Telegraph Department, is a well-known New Zealand official, having been in the Colony for over forty years. He was born in Aberdeen, in 1844, and arrived with his parents at New Plymouth, New Zealand, in October, 1852 per ship “Simla.” Here his education, begun in the Old Land, was completed at private schools. He there joined the Taranaki News office in 1858, and subsequently removing to Nelson, served in the Nelson Examiner office, where he remained until the beginning of 1864. He entered the Government service on the 1st of February, 1864, as junior clerk in the chief post-office, Dunedin; was appointed clerk in the dead letter office, General Post-office, Wellington, the following year, and mail agent on the Panama line in 1866, and continued in that position until the termination of the service in 1868. He filled a similar position between this Colony and Melbourne until the San Francisco service was inaugurated in 1870, when he was appointed clerk in the Secretary's branch of the General Post-office, and on the 20th of May, 1872, received the appointment of chief clerk of the General Post-office. He was promoted to the position of Secretary of the Postal Department on the 1st of May, 1874, and on the amalgamation of the post and telegraph departments in January, 1881, was made Secretary of the combined service. His father, the late Mr. William Gray, was high up in the department for many years before that. It may fairly be said that the gentleman under notice was “to the manner born.” His father, who died in 1871, had filled the offices of Postmaster at New Plymouth, Chief Clerk at Nelson, Secretary at Dunedin and Auckland, and Inspector of Post-offices, and subsequently Secretary of the Department.