The Lyttelton Harbour Board was established on 10 January 1877 to manage Lyttelton Harbour.The harbour had previously been managed by the Canterbury Provincial Council, but provincial government ceased to exist on 1 January 1877. The harbour board was governed by members elected during local elections. Lyttelton Harbour Board was disestablished through the 1989 local government reforms, with its functions transferred to the Lyttelton Port Company.
The Lyttelton Harbour Board held its first meeting on 18 January 1877.The ten inaugural members were Edward Richardson, John Hall, Hugh Murray-Aynsley, Peter Cunningham, Richard James Strachan Harman, David Craig, John Anderson, Edward George Wright, Henry Sawtell, and John T. Rouse. Richardson was unanimously elected as the inaugural chairman. The table below shows the original membership of the harbour board:
|Edward Richardson||Appointed by the Governor and voted as inaugural chair|
|David Craig||Appointed by the Governor|
|Peter Cunningham||Elected by members of the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce|
|John Anderson||Elected by members of the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce|
|Henry Sawtell||Elected by voters of the City of Christchurch|
|Edward George Wright||Elected by voters of the City of Christchurch|
|John Hall||Appointed by Selwyn County Council|
|Richard James Strachan Harman||Appointed by Selwyn County Council|
|Hugh Murray-Aynsley||Declared elected unopposed for the Borough of Lyttelton|
|John T. Rouse||Ex officio member as Mayor of Lyttelton|
Cunningham resigned in late 1877 and was replaced by Charles Wesley Turner, the deputy chair of the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce. Harry Allwright was elected mayor of Lyttelton in December 1877 and thus replaced Rouse. Both attended their first meeting in December 1877.
The Lyttelton Harbour Board had the following chairmen:
|1||Edward Richardson||18 January 1877||28 February 1882|
|2||Richard James Strachan Harman||28 February 1882||16 November 1882|
|3||Peter Cunningham||16 November 1882||27 February 1883|
|4||Charles Wesley Turner||27 February 1883||26 February 1884|
|5||John Thomas Peacock||26 February 1884||24 February 1885|
|6||Edward George Wright||24 February 1885||23 February 1886|
|(5)||John Thomas Peacock||23 February 1886||1 March 1887|
|(3)||Peter Cunningham||1 March 1887||26 February 1889|
|7||Frank Graham||26 February 1889||25 February 1890|
|8||William White||25 February 1890||24 February 1891|
|9||Henry William Peryman||24 February 1891||23 February 1892|
|10||Capt. Thomas McClatchie||23 February 1892||28 February 1893|
|11||Frederick Waymouth||28 February 1893||26 February 1895|
|12||John Joyce||26 February 1895||25 February 1896|
|(6)||Edward George Wright||25 February 1896||1 March 1898|
|(7)||Frank Graham||1 March 1898||28 February 1899|
|13||Isaac Gibbs||28 February 1899||27 February 1900|
|(6)||Edward George Wright||27 February 1900||26 February 1901|
|(11)||Frederick Waymouth||26 February 1901||25 February 1902|
|(6)||Edward George Wright †||25 February 1902||12 August 1902|
|14||Albert Kaye||28 August 1902||23 February 1904|
|(7)||Frank Graham||23 February 1904||28 February 1905|
|15||Frederick Harry Barns||28 February 1905||27 February 1906|
|(11)||Frederick Waymouth||27 February 1906||26 February 1907|
|16||George Laurenson||26 February 1907||23 February 1909|
|17||Hugo Friedlander||23 February 1909||7 May 1913|
|18||Richard Moore||7 May 1913||5 May 1915|
|19||Malcolm Miller||5 May 1915||9 May 1917|
|(14)||Albert Kaye||9 May 1917||7 May 1919|
|20||Henry Bylove Sorensen||7 May 1919||4 May 1921|
|21||James Storry||4 May 1921||6 June 1923|
|22||Frederick Horrell||6 June 1923||11 June 1925|
|23||Wilfred John Walter||11 June 1925||1 June 1927|
|24||Robert Galbraith||1 June 1927||5 June 1929|
|25||Henry Holland||5 June 1929||5 June 1930|
|26||Tim Armstrong||5 June 1930||4 June 1931|
|27||Captain Hugh Monro||4 June 1931||1 June 1932|
|28||William Thomas Lester||1 June 1932||7 June 1933|
|29||William Glassey Gallagher||7 June 1933||6 June 1934|
|30||Ted Howard||6 June 1934||1 June 1936|
|31||Walter Kenneth McAlpine †||1 June 1936||11 July 1937|
|32||Robert McMillan||4 August 1937||7 June 1939|
|33||Frederick Ernest Sutton||7 June 1939||4 June 1941|
|34||Humphrey Holderness||4 June 1941||2 June 1943|
|35||John McAlpine||2 June 1943||6 June 1945|
|36||Bill MacGibbon||6 June 1945||1947 (?)|
|37||Charles William Tyler||December 1947 (?)||7 December 1949|
|38||Frederick W. Freeman||7 December 1949||5 December 1951|
|39||James Halligan||5 December 1951||2 December 1953|
|(33)||Frederick Ernest Sutton||2 December 1953||14 December 1955|
|40||Bill Glue||14 December 1955||18 December 1959|
|41||Alexander Arthur Macfarlane||18 December 1959||8 December 1965|
|42||Leslie George Amos||8 December 1965||4 December 1968|
|43||Frederick Ira Sutton||4 December 1968||8 December 1971|
|44||Jack Brand||8 December 1971||6 December 1978|
|45||John Edward Mannering||6 December 1978||?|
|?||Peter Skellerup||was chairman for three years|
|?||George Wright||3 November 1983||31 October 1989|
|† died in office|
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