The Devonshire born William Kemp, a public minded landscape gardener who served the town on many public bodies, succeeded Jordan, serving as mayor from 1944-53. He arrived in Masterton in 1906, and was first a member of council from 1915-17. Three more spells on council saw him serve a further 17 years before his mayoralty. Kemp died while in office, his term being completed by his deputy, A.R. Keir. He is remembered in William Kemp Place.
Pic: Landscape gardener William Kemp also served as Masterton's mayor.