Fred Jones (politician)

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Not to be confused with Frederic Jones.
Frederick Jones in 1938

Frederick (Fred) Jones (c1885–1966) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament and the Defence Minister during WW2.


Prior to entering Parliament, Jones was a bootmaker and trade unionist.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1931–1935 24th Dunedin South Labour
1935–1938 25th Dunedin South Labour
1938–1943 26th Dunedin South Labour
1943–1946 27th Dunedin South Labour
1946–1949 28th St Kilda Labour
1949–1951 29th St Kilda Labour

Fred Jones was the Member of Parliament for two Dunedin electorates: Dunedin South from 1931 to 1946, and then St Kilda from 1946 to 1951, when he was defeated.[1]

He was Minister of Defence from 1935 to 1949, and Postmaster-General between 1935 and 1940 in the First Labour Government.[2]

He was a member of the Dunedin City Council (1933–1937; 1950–1958), and was Deputy Mayor of Dunedin 1935–1937 and 1953–1956.

Later in life, he was the High Commissioner to Australia 1958–1960.


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 209.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 82–85.


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