Category:Members of the Nelson Provincial Council
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The following 22 pages are in this category, out of 22 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 22 pages are in this category, out of 22 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Oswald Curtis – Oswald Curtis was a 19th-century New Zealand politician born in London, England, on 20 January 1821. He was the son of Stephen Curtis and Eleanora Llewellyn and he migrated to Nelson in 1853, arriving on 18 June. Curtis had been a passenger on the barque Mahomed Shah, the ship sailed from England for New Zealand on 15 January 1853. On 18 April, about 400 miles south of Cape Leeuwin, all on board were rescued two days later by the brig The Ellen under Captain Pardon. The Ellen was sailing from Mauritius to Hobart, the ships position was given as 40°10′00″S 119°10′00″E. Those rescued were taken to Hobart, arriving there on 6 May 1853 and he was a member of the Nelson Provincial Council from 1857 to 1867, becoming its Superintendent in March 1867 when Alfred Saunders resigned. He remained Superintendent until 1876 when the Provinces were abolished, Curtis was also a Member of Parliament for the City of Nelson from 1866 to 1879, when he was defeated. As Superintendent, Curtis opened the Nelson Waterworks on 16 April 1868, Curtis had been, at various times, Magistrate, Warden, Coroner, College Governor at Nelson. He was also Fellow of the New Zealand University and held a seat on its senate from 1870 to 1888, Curtis was also the second President of the Nelson Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Alfred Fell. He died at his residence Highbury in Nelson on 1 March 1902 aged 81
2. Nathaniel Edwards – Nathaniel Edwards MLC was a 19th-century Member of Parliament from Nelson, New Zealand. Nathaniel Edwards was born in 1822 in Derbyshire, England and his parents were solicitor William Edwards and his wife Mary Ann. He arrived in Nelson in January 1845 on the Slams Castle from London, as partner in the firm of Nattrass and Edwards, along with machinery for a flax-dressing mill. This machinery was set up in the swamps of the Wakapuaka flats, with this failure Edwards was thrown upon his own resources and he worked with surveyors Joseph Ward and Cyrus Goulter in the Wairau. He was still working as a surveyor on 12 September 1855 when he married in Nelson to 20-year-old Annie Augusta Nicholas Laking, daughter of Dr and his eldest son died in Paris in 1876 from typhoid fever. In 1856 Edwards joined the firm of Fell and Seymour, Merchants & Commission Agents, as a clerk and auctioneer, the new firm became Edwards & Co, a mercantile, importing, and shipping company. One branch of the firm was involved in shipping, in 1864 Nelson had been struck with gold fever. Edwards companys purchase of the Wallabi proved justified and business was so brisk that the Company decided that a further steamship was essential, the Kennedy, an Australian steamship of 149 tons that had been built for the Australian Steam Navigation Co. Sydney became available and was purchased and this vessel had a twin screw propulsion system which was new at that time. In 1866 Nathaniel Edwards announced his retirement from business and sold his share of the firm to his partners. He retained the shipping department until Symons took it over in 1870, Symons commissioned a pennant for his ships, designed by the artist William Cook, and featuring an anchor. This was the start of Nelsons long-running Anchor Shipping and Foundry Company, Edwards opened a mercantile firm in Christchurch with partners Aiken, Bennett & Co. and after four years retired to Nelson. In the late 1860s Edwards joined John Kerr Jnr in Partnership in the Tarndale run, after ten years the run was sold to William Acton Adams. Warwick House,64 Brougham Street, Nelson is one of the finest and largest examples of early Victorian Gothic Revivalism still remaining in New Zealand, the house, originally known as Sunnyside, was built for Arthur Fell in 1854 by builder David Goodall. Fell returned to England in the 1860s and sold his house, when completed the house had about 50 rooms. The building was registered on 25 November 1982 as Category II with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Edwards served intermittently on the Nelson Provincial Council. In 1868, after Edward Stafford had resigned, he was elected to represent the City of Nelson electorate from 1868 to 1870 and he was appointed to the Legislative Council on 9 July 1872 by the Fox Ministry and served until his death. In 1879 Edwards fell terminally ill from a bronchial affection, when Edwards died on 15 July 1880, his estate was valued at eight hundred thousand pounds sterling, which was considerable in those days
3. Fedor Kelling – John Fedor Augustus Kelling, JP, known as Fedor Kelling, was a 19th-century Member of the New Zealand Parliament, representing Nelson. A leader of a group of immigrants from Germany, he served as the German consul. Kelling was born as Johann Friederich August Kelling in Klütz, Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Johann Kelling married Johanna Friederica Christiana Lampe in 1842. Their first child was born in the following year, Kelling, his brother Carl and the Hamburg merchant Johann Ferdinand Benoit were asked by Count Kuno zu Rantzau-Breitenburg to manage a German immigration project to New Zealand. Together with German emigrants, the Kelling family and Carl left for New Zealand on the Skjold on 21 April 1844 from Hamburg and they reached Nelson on 1 September of that year. Kelling had two children in New Zealand, but his wife died after child birth on 28 July 1848. In New Zealand, Kelling changed his name to John Fedor Augustus Kelling, the settlement of Nelson was organised by the New Zealand Company. The affairs in Nelson were poorly organised and the company was in debt, william Fox had been sent in to improve the situation. The day before the German settlers arrived, Fox had suspended the public works scheme, Benoit was discouraged by this and returned home early in the next year. The Kellings and their settlers took up 350 acres in a locality that they called Ranzau, other land was added to it, and soon they had planted field crops, fruit trees, vines, walnuts, hops and tobacco. Houses were built, a pastor arrived, a church was built and the whole developed into a village, which these days is known as Hope. Kelling was a member of organisations, including the Settlers Cattle Fair Association, the Nelson Agricultural Association, several road boards. He became a Justice of the Peace in 1859, in 1863, he was sent as an immigration agent to Germany for Taranaki settlers, but the scheme fell through with the outbreak of the Second Taranaki War. Kelling had two boys and one girl from his first marriage and he had remarried in 1855 at Ranzau, his second wife was Rose Mary Etty, but she died only six months later. While in Germany as an agent, he married Dorothea Wilhelmine Kuskop. She had a son in 1865, but died soon after, from 1867 to 1886, Kelling was a German consul. The office was disestablished on his own recommendation, for his services, he was awarded the Prussian Order of the Crown. Kelling represented the Waimea East electorate on the Nelson Provincial Council and he was first elected on 8 January 1857, the last year of the first Council
4. David Monro – Sir David Monro was a New Zealand politician. He served as Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives from 1861 to 1870 and his father was Alexander Monro, a lecturer at the Edinburgh Medical College. Monro was from a line of doctors, the Monro of Fyrish family that was a branch of clan Munro. He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from his fathers college in 1835, after first studying for a time in Paris, Berlin and Vienna, Monro established a medical practice in Edinburgh. In 1841, however, Monro bought land in the settlement at Nelson. He arrived in Nelson the following year, Monro married Dinah Secker on 7 May 1845 and they had five sons and two daughters, including Charles Monro. His daughter, Maria Georgiana Monro, married the Scottish geologist, naturalist, in 1843, following the Wairau Affray, Monro was chosen to present the Nelson settlers views to Willoughby Shortland, the acting Governor. Partly as a result of this attention, Monro was appointed to the Legislative Council of the New Munster Province in 1849, in 1853, Monro was elected to the 1st New Zealand Parliament, representing the seat of Waimea. He was re-elected in the seat for the 2nd Parliament in 1858. At the beginning of the 3rd Parliament, to which Monro had been elected as representative of Picton and he is generally regarded as having conducted this duty with dignity, although his use of the Speakers casting vote to unseat Premier William Fox in 1862 was controversial. At the 1866 general election, he contested the Cheviot electorate. Monro remained Speaker until 1870, when he announced that he would step down, William Fox, who was once again Premier, failed to move the traditional vote of thanks. Monro contested the Motueka seat in the 1871 elections, and was declared elected, a subsequent petition, however, overturned this result. The committee that made the ruling had a government majority, furthermore, a proposal to appoint Monro to the Legislative Council was blocked by Fox. Monro nevertheless succeeded in re-entering Parliament through a 1872 by-election in Waikouaiti, after the Fox government had been defeated, Monro resigned in 1873. For some time, Monro leased Warwick House, at the known as Sunnyside. The house was built for Arthur Fell in 1854 by builder David Goodall, when Fell returned to England, Monro leased the house. Later, the house was bought by Nathaniel Edwards, the building at 64 Brougham Street in Nelson is one of the finest and largest examples of early Victorian Gothic Revivalism still remaining in New Zealand
5. James Crowe Richmond – James Crowe Richmond was a New Zealand politician, engineer, and an early painter in watercolours of the New Zealand landscape. Richmond was born in London, England, the son of Christopher Richmond, barrister and his wife and he was educated at Hackney Grammar School, at Hove House, Brighton and at the school attached to University College London. He was apprenticed to the engineer Samuel Clegg and from 1845 served on the staff of Isambard Kingdom Brunel for three years working on the Great Western Railway in southern England, Richmond emigrated to New Zealand with his younger brother Henry Richmond on the Victory on 3 October 1850. Eventually members of the Richmond, Hursthouse, Atkinson and Ronald families, Richmond returned to England in 1854 and married Mary Smith on 21 August 1856 before returning to New Zealand on the Kenilworth, which arrived in New Plymouth on 8 July 1857. Richmond was elected unopposed as member of parliament for Omata at a 16 April 1860 by-election and he remained in Parliament until he resigned in 1865, as he was called to the Legislative Council, where he remained for only four months. He then represented Grey and Bell from 1866 to 1870, when he was defeated, Mary had left for Nelson with other Taranaki refugees from the New Zealand Wars in 1860. In 1862 he joined her and became the editor of the Nelson Examiner while continuing his political career, after the fall of the Fox Ministry, he also became the Commissioner of Crown Lands. He served on the Nelson Provincial Council and was appointed provincial secretary from 1863-65. He formed a close and lifelong friendship with John Gully and continued to paint, Mary died in Nelson on 29 October 1865 having never fully recovered from the birth of her fifth child, and this event left Richmond harassed & broken. However, by 1866 he was back in politics and moved his family to Taranaki, by 1869 the family had moved back to Nelson. Other family connections were also living there, including his brother Williams family and his sister Maria and her husband, Richmond travelled with his three eldest children to England and Europe in 1873 but returned to Nelson by January 1881. His daughter Dorothy Kate Richmond was an artist and art teacher, Richmond died at the house of his daughter, Ann Elizabeth, in Otaki, which he was visiting, on 19 January 1898
6. John Perry Robinson – John Perry Robinson was the second Superintendent of the Nelson Province in New Zealand. His election came as a surprise, but he proved so popular that he won two subsequent elections with comfortable majorities and he remained Superintendent until his accidental drowning on the bar of the Buller River. Robinson is believed to have born in Surrey, England. His year of birth is uncertain and he married Mary Gaskell on 22 October 1836 at Derby. They had two children (Eliza and Samuel when they decided to emigrate to New Zealand and they arrived in Nelson on the Phoebe on 29 March 1843. The economic situation in Nelson in the early 1840s was difficult, the New Zealand Company had not managed to attract a sufficient number of landowners to the area and ended up being the major employer themselves. This led to a shortage of employment positions, and the pay was considered inadequate, in April 1844, Robinson was appointed headmaster of a school in Bridge Street. The following year, he moved to the Bay of Islands to run an agency for the brewery Hooper and that business failed and he moved to Auckland, but was back in Nelson by 1848. He was employed as a storekeeper before working in his trade of woodturning again. In 1855, he went to Motupipi in Golden Bay to establish a sawmill with three partners, in April 1850, Robinson chaired a meeting of labourers, when it was decided to approach the New Zealand Company for its unfulfilled promises. The issues were lack of work and difficult working conditions and he followed this up in 1852 with a letter to Governor George Grey, and in 1854 to brought the issue to the attention of the Government. While living in Golden Bay, Robinson was urged to stand for election to the Nelson Provincial Council in 1855 as the representative in the Massacre Bay electorate, at the nomination meeting, the election was contested by Robinson and W. R. Nicholson. A show of hands indicated a majority for Robinson, who was declared duly elected. Edward Stafford, the first Superintendent of Nelson, resigned from the position in September 1856, Robinson and David Monro contested the superintendency on class issues. Monro had represented Waimea in the 1st Parliament and thus had a high political profile, Robinson represented the man of small means, whereas Monro represented the wealthier colonists. An history of Nelson published in 1892 described the campaign as the keenest, best fought. On voting day, the turnout was low, many of Monros supporters stayed away, as Robinson was never expected to be able to win. Robinson and Monro received 425 and 409 votes, respectively, with a majority of 16 votes, Robinson was declared elected
7. William Robinson (runholder) – William Robinson, also known as Ready Money Robinson, was a New Zealand runholder and member of the New Zealand Legislative Council. Robinson was born in 1814 in Bold Hall near Warrington, Lancashire and his parents, Thomas Robinson and Elizabeth Lyons, were tenant farmers. He emigrated to South Australia in September 1839 on the Lady Lilford and his next venture, in 1841, was droving 6,000 sheep and 500 cattle overland from New South Wales to South Australia. In 1844, on the Hill River in the Clare Valley he established the prosperous Hill River Station and he there became a close associate of fellow pastoralist John Jackson Oakden who, like Robinson, was later to move to New Zealand. He married Eliza Jane Wood on 4 July 1846 at Adelaide and they had five daughters, their son died as an infant. His third daughter, Caroline, was to marry Francis Bell and he came to New Zealand in 1856 as a wealthy man and was known as Ready Money Robinson for his ability to make large purchases in cash. He resided in Nelson, and bought Cheviot Hills estate, william James Gardner, in his book A Pastoral Kingdom Divided, said that this was probably the largest and most spectacular transaction of the kind ever undertaken in New Zealand. The land, which extended from the Hurunui River in the south, the Waiau River in the north, the Lowry Peaks range to the west, only the Glenmark station of George Henry Moore was more valuable. Robinson represented the Amuri electorate on the second Nelson Provincial Council from 5 October 1857 until 2 April 1859, between 1859 and 1866, the Robinsons lived in England. He pursued his hobby of racing during that time. In Panama on his back to New Zealand, he met and employed Simon Cedeno. It was fashionable in Europe at the time to have a staff member. Back in New Zealand, Robinson lived part of the time in Christchurch and he became a dominant figure in horse racing circles. He had a built in a locality that became known as Port Robinson. He had a built on his station in 1888, which burned down in 1936. Robinson was appointed to the Legislative Council on 4 May 1869, on 9 January 1871, Cedeno killed a housemaid at the Robinson household in Christchurch, and tried to kill another female employee, because they had been teasing him about his fiancée. Cedeno was executed at Lyttelton Gaol in April of that year, there are varying accounts where the Robinson household was at the time, with most putting the scene of the murder on Park Terrace. In her book Ready Money, Robinsons great-granddaughter states that for the summer of 1870/71, they had rented the house of Frederick Weld on the corner of Cambridge Terrace and Montreal Street
8. Alfred Saunders – Alfred Saunders was a 19th-century New Zealand politician. He was elected onto the Nelson Provincial Council representing Waimea South in 1855 and he was elected as Member of Parliament for Waimea in 1861, and he resigned from this seat in 1864. He then represented Cheviot from 1878 to 1881 when he was defeated and he contested the 1888 by-election in the Ashley electorate and was defeated by John Verrall by just two votes. From 1889 to 1890 he represented the Lincoln electorate and from 1890 to 1896 he represented Selwyn and he supported the Temperance Union petition in favour of womans suffrage to Parliament in 1891. He had ten children, including Sarah Page
9. William Travers (politician) – William Thomas Locke Travers was a New Zealand lawyer, politician, explorer, and naturalist. Travers was born near Newcastle West, County Limerick, Ireland and his father chose to retire to France, and Travers was consequently brought up there. He was educated in Saint-Malo, a town in Brittany, in 1835, he joined the British military, and was part of the British Auxiliary Legion that fought in Spains First Carlist War. After his military service ended, Travers became a lawyer, in 1849, he and his family moved to Nelson, New Zealand, where he continued to practice law. Later, he lived in Christchurch and Wellington. He purchased Englefield Lodge in Christchurch in 1866 and sold the property in 1872 to Edward Stevens, Travers political career covered both national and provincial politics. He was a member of the 1st New Zealand Parliament, representing first the Town of Nelson and then Waimea electorates, in the 1st Parliament, the Town of Nelson was a two member electorate. On nomination day on 25 July 1853, Travers and James Mackay were the candidates put forward. They were thus declared elected unopposed, parliaments first term started on 24 May 1854. Travers and William Cautley, MP for Waimea, both resigned on 26 May 1854, Travers subsequently contested the electorate that Cautley had vacated, being elected in the 21 June 1854 Waimea by-election. He was re-elected in the 1855 general election, but was disqualified on 26 July 1859, Travers returned in the 4th Parliament as representative for the City of Christchurch, after winning the 1867 by-election. He resigned on 29 July 1870 before the end of the term and he was a member of the 6th Parliament as representative for the City of Wellington, having won the 1877 by-election. He resigned on 25 January 1878 and he also served in the councils of Nelson Province and Canterbury Province, and unsuccessfully stood for the superintendency of both. He stood as one of seven candidates for the Nelson Provincial Council in 1853 in the Town of Nelson electorate and he came sixth and was thus not elected. He represented Wellington in parliament from 1877 to 1881, but was not elected when he again in 1893. In Wellington he was City Solicitor, and was an advocate for the west coast railway in 1878 and he subsequently became company solicitor to the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company which built the line north from Wellington to the Manawatu. His most significant political contribution was his campaign to central government responsible for education. At the same time, Travers was also an explorer and naturalist