Andrew Rutherford (politician)

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Andrew Rutherford
Andrew William Rutherford.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hurunui
In office
Preceded by Seat created
Succeeded by George Forbes
Personal details
Born Andrew William Rutherford
9 March 1842
Tumut, New South Wales
Died 11 November 1918
Christchurch, New Zealand
Political party Liberal
Jane Monk (m. 1873)
Children 10

Andrew William Rutherford (9 March 1842 – 11 November 1918) was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand.


Early life[edit]

Rutherford was born in 1842 in New South Wales, probably near Tumut, to Scottish parents. He received his education in Brighton, a suburb of Adelaide.[1] He came to New Zealand on 1 January 1860 on the Gundreda with his father and his brother to take up a farm. In 1862, he took charge of another farm, Mendip Hills, on behalf of his father and of Alfred Domett.[2] On 3 November 1873, he married Jane Monk at Waiau. His wife, 15 at the time of their marriage, was to have six sons and four daughters.[1]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1902–1905 15th Hurunui Liberal
1905–1908 16th Hurunui Liberal

Rutherford represented the Amuri electorate on the Nelson Provincial Council from 1869 to 1871.[3] He won the Hurunui electorate, which replaced the Ashley electorate, in the 1902 general election, defeating Richard Meredith, who had previously represented the Ashley electorate and was also of the Liberal Party.[4] He held the electorate until he retired in 1908.[4]

Rutherford died during the 1918 flu pandemic on 11 November in Christchurch. He was buried at Waiau cemetery. His wife survived him by several decades and died in 1955.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Holm, Janet. "Rutherford, Andrew William - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mr A. W. Rutherford". Auckland Star. XXXIII (283). 28 November 1902. p. 3. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 214. 
  4. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. pp. 219, 232. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Hurunui
Succeeded by
George Forbes