LISBURN City Council has turned down a
request for funding from Ballance House at Glenavy.
This was recommended by the February meeting
of the council's Economic Development Committee and ratified by
the full monthly meeting.
Committee members were reminded by the
Council's Economic Development Manager of a previous decision to
reduce the level of funding to Ballance House. Previous
financial assistance was also outlined. The proposal not to
support the request for funding was made by Deputy Mayor James
Tinsley and seconded by Alderman Paul Porter.
This took into account 'the total amount of
contributions to date' as well as 'falling visitor numbers' at
Ballance House is the restored birthplace of
John Ballance, who eventually became Prime Minister of New
He went to live there during the mid 19th
century in the hope the climate would help improve his wife's
His career as a journalist led quickly and
easily to a career in politics. He entered Parliament in 1875
and made his reputation in the spheres of the economy and land
He held office as Colonial Treasurer (1878),
as Minister of Lands, Native Affairs and Defence (1884-7) and as
Liberal Premier (1891-3).
He had good relations with the Maori people
and solved many of the land problems they faced.
Ballance was also instrumental in giving
women the vote, making New Zealand the first country in the
world to do so.