George Harper (lawyer)

Sir George Harper OBE (24 April 1843 – 12 March 1937) was an English-born New Zealand lawyer. From a large family, he was a son of the inaugural bishop of Christchurch, Henry Harper, and he arrived in Christchurch in 1858 at age 15, two years after his father. He completed his education in Christchurch and farmed for a few years before commencing law. Embroiled in an embezzlement case by his brother Leonard, he was bankrupted and removed from the bar for five years. After readmission, he set up his own practice. Like his parents, he had a large family; three of his boys were killed in World War I. Harper was involved in a number of community initiatives, clubs and societies, and was knighted shortly before his death. He died aged 93 and had outlived his wife and most of his children.

Sir George Harper

Harper in the 1920s
Born24 April 1843
Died12 March 1937(1937-03-12) (aged 93)
Christchurch, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
RelativesHenry Harper (brother)
Leonard Harper (brother)
Emily Acland (sister)
Eric Harper (son)
Arthur Paul Harper (nephew)
Hugh Acland (nephew)

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