The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Travers, William Thomas Locke
Travers, William Thomas Locke, F.L.S., son of Captain Boyle Travers, of the Rifle Brigade, by his marriage with Miss Caroline Brockman, of Beachborough, in Kent, was born at Castleview, near Newcastle, county Limerick, on Jan. 9th, 1819. He was lieutenant in the 2nd Lancers, B.A.L.S., from 1836 to 1838, and served in Spain during those years, part of the time as aide-de-camp to General Espartero, afterwards Duke de Victoria. Mr. Travers was married at Cork, Ireland, on Oct. 22nd, 1843, to Miss Jane Oldham, and arrived in New Zealand on Oct. 20th, 1849. He has at various times represented the Waimea district in Nelson, and the cities of Christchurch and Wellington in the New Zealand House of Representatives, and was Attorney-General of the colony in the first inchoate Ministry from the end of August to the beginning of Sept. 1854. Mr. Travers, who was district judge in Nelson from 1859 to 1860, was married a second time on April 9th, 1891, at Wellington, N.Z., to Miss Theodosia Leslie Barclay. He is F.L.S. and "Grand Officier de l'Ordre Royal du Cambode." Mr. Travers, after resigning the judgeship, removed from Nelson, where he was on one occasion an unsuccessful candidate for the Superintendency of the province, and settled in Canterbury, where in 1866 he sought election as provincial superintendent, but was defeated by the late Mr. W. Sefton Moorhouse.