Peter G. McAra Jr., was born in Calcutta, India in 1862, and until he was seven his first language was Hindustani. His father was a member of the Royal Engineers, sent to India at the close of the Indian Mutiny. Their assignment was to destroy many fabulous buildings owned by the Rajahs. The family returned to Scotland for several years, but by 1882 that country was suffering a severe depression and they immigrated to a homestead east of Silton, Saskatchewan.
McAra described their many hardships in his book Sixty-two Years on the Saskatchewan Prairies. In 1896, Peter McAra opened a fire insurance office in Regina which, in 1910, became McAra Brothers and Wallace. An Alderman and Chairman of Finance from 1904 to 1905, McAra was elected Mayor of Regina in 1906. He laid the cornerstone that year for Regina's first city hall at 11th Avenue Hamilton Street. He was elected Mayor again in 1911 and in 1912. He played a major role in restoring the city after a tornado.
President of the Board of Trade in 1909, McAra ws also one of the founders and the first president of the Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League.
CORA-RPL-B-0029 1906 City Council Peter McAra Jr. is in the middle of the middle row