In the foreword of Ormond Wilson's autobiography An Outsider Looks Back it is stated that 'Born into the colonial gentry, Ormond Wilson was to become one of New Zealands leading leftwing intellectuals.
He was a member of the first Labour government and was a Labour M.P. from 1935-1938 and 1946-1949, and he was opposed to the peacetime conscription plans of Peter Fraser. He also was an executive in the BBC, and for many years chairman of the Historic Places Trust.
His memoirs trace his path from a sheltered childhood through exhilarating years at Oxford and in Germany, and so to the socialism that was to influence him for the rest of his life. In the background there is always the land: the farm at Mt Lees in the Rangitikei and the beautiful bush garden that he established there on his return from England as a young man.'
He ceased farming in 1972 and gifted the homestead and bush gully to the Crown as a public reserve. In 1979 he received the CMG for services to the community.