Garnet Hercules Mackley
|Garnet Hercules Mackley|
|Born||Garnet Hercules Mackley
9 December 1883
|Died||24 April 1986(aged 102)|
|Occupation||businessman, railwayman, politician|
Garnet Hercules Mackley (9 December 1883 – 24 April 1986) was a New Zealand businessman, railways manager and politician.
Mackley was born in Port Chalmers. He became general manager of New Zealand Railways in 1933. During his tenure, Mackley worked hard to improve the standard and range of services provided by the railways. He won approval for the construction of an inspection car known as the "Red Terror" in which he travelled the entire system inspecting stations and meeting staff. The car’s success encouraged him to order the construction of railcars that were to serve the railways for many years, specifically the Wairarapa, Standard, and Vulcan classes.
He also wanted to improve the comfort of passengers, and initiated a local building program which provided the basis of passenger carriage stock for many years.
In 1940 he retired, and was made managing director of the Whakatane Paper Mills.
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Mackley then entered politics, becoming a Member of Parliament for the New Zealand National Party. He was elected as the MP for Masterton (1943–1946) and then for Wairarapa (1946–1949), after which he retired.