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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Williams, His Honour Joshua Strange

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Williams, His Honour Joshua Strange, M.A., LL.M., judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, is the eldest son of the late Joshua Williams, Q.C., author of treatises on the law relating to real and personal property and other works, by his marriage with Lucy, daughter of William Strange, of Upton. He was born in 1837, and was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. (Chancellor's Medallist for legal studies, first class law tripos, third class mathematical tripos) in 1859, M.A. in 1862, and LL.M. in 1870. Mr. Justice Williams entered at Lincoln's Inn in Jan. 1857, and was called to the English Bar in Nov. 1859. He arrived in New Zealand in 1861, and in the following year went into partnership with Mr. T. S. Duncan, then provincial solicitor, an office which he himself subsequently held for several years. In Jan. 1871 he gave up practice and was land registrar of the Canterbury district till 1872 and Registrar-General of Land for the whole of New Zealand from the latter year till 1875, in which year he was appointed Puisne Judge for Otago—a position he still holds. Judge Williams was never a member of the General Assembly; but he sat in the Provincial Council of Canterbury for the Heathcote district in 1862 and 1863 and from 1866 to 1875, when he was raised to the Bench. He married first, in 1864, Catherine Helen, daughter of the late Thomas Sanctuary, of Horsham, Sussex; and secondly, in 1877, Amelia Durant, daughter of John Wesley Jago, of Dunedin, N.Z.