James Mackintosh (politician)

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James Mackintosh (18 October 1827 – 9 May 1897) was a 19th-century Liberal Party Member of Parliament in Southland, New Zealand.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Lochinver, Sutherlandshire, Scotland, and went to Victoria, Australia as a young man with his father.[1] At Moonee Ponds, he and his brother Murdoch Mackintosh were stock-breeders.[2][3] The 1940 edition of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography lists him as a representative of East Bourke in the Victoria Legislative Assembly, but this is incorrect and based on a confusion with the similarly named James Macintosh.[4]

Mackintosh married Anne McLean in 1852. Her father owned the Pollio station on the Darling River.[1]

Life New Zealand[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1890–1893 11th Wallace Liberal
1893–1896 12th Wallace Liberal

The Mackintoshs moved to New Zealand in 1866, where he was also a runholder.[5] He first bought the Strathmore estate in the Otautau district, and later the Gladfield estate.[2] He retired from farming in 1884 and moved to Invercargill.[2]

From 1880 until shortly before his death, Mackintosh was a member of the Southland Education Board. He set up the Aparima road board.[6] While obituaries in The Evening Post (Wellington) and The Star (Christchurch) mention his membership of the Southland Provincial Council,[3][6] his name does not appear on the council's roll compiled by Guy Scholefield in his 1950 edition of the New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949.[7] For a time, he was chairman of the Wallace County Council.[3]

Mackintosh stood in the 1887 election in the Mataura electorate and was beaten by the incumbent, George Richardson.[1][8] He represented the Wallace electorate from the 1890 election for two parliamentary terms.[9]

He was an advocate of cheap government loans for settlers.[5] In the 1896 election, the Wallace electorate was contested by five candidates, and Mackintosh came last.[10]


Annie Mackintosh died on 11 May 1880 in Invercargill.[11] Mackintosh died on 9 May 1897, aged 69.[3] He left seven sons and four daughters.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Cyclopedia Company Limited (1905). "Old Colonists". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago & Southland Provincial Districts. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Scholefield, Guy, ed. (1940). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : M–Addenda (PDF). II. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. pp. 30f. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Obituary". The Star (5871). 13 May 1897. p. 4. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Macintosh, James". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Hamer, David (1988). The New Zealand Liberals: The Years of Power, 1891-1912 (1st ed.). Auckland: Auckland University Press. pp. 98, 364. ISBN 1-86940-014-3. 
  6. ^ a b c "Obituary". The Evening Post. LIII (113). 14 May 1897. p. 4. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. pp. 224–227. 
  8. ^ "The General Election, 1887". National Library. 1887. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  10. ^ "Otago". Auckland Star. XXVII (305). 23 December 1896. p. 6. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Deaths". The Southland Times (3709). 12 May 1880. p. 2. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Samuel Hodgkinson
Member of Parliament for Wallace
Succeeded by
Michael Gilfedder