Catherine Stewart

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Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1938–1943 26th Wellington West Labour

Mrs Catherine Campbell Stewart (née Sword) (15 August 1881 – 2 April 1957) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

Born in Glasgow, she migrated with her family to New Zealand in 1921. She was an ardent suffragette, and a member of the Theosophical Society.[1]

She won the Wellington West electorate in the 1938 election, when she defeated long-standing MP Robert Alexander Wright.[2] She was the second woman to be elected to Parliament after Elizabeth McCombs. She was defeated in the next election in 1943.[1]

After the death of her husband, she returned to live in Glasgow, where she died on 2 April 1957.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Nicholls, Roberta. "Stewart, Catherine Campbell". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "The General Election, 1938". National Library. 1939. p. 5. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  • Women in Parliamentary Life 1970-1990: Hocken Lecture 1993 by Marilyn Waring, page 35-36 (Hocken Library, University of Otago, 1994) ISBN 0-902041-61-4
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Wellington West
Succeeded by
Charles Bowden