John White (New Zealand politician)

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Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1871–1875 5th Hokitika Independent

John White (1830 – 4 September 1876) was a 19th-century member of the House of Representatives from the West Coast, New Zealand.

White was born in England in 1830, the son of Richard White of London.[1] He came to Hokitika as a purser for the Intercolonial Steamship Company running the Panama route and remained there as the company's shipping agent.[2][3]

He gained a public profile through his intelligent letters to the editor, which he signed with his own name; at the time, it was common for writers to use pen names.[2] After Hokitika was incorporated as a borough council in August 1868,[4] White stood for election in October of that year and was returned as one of the new councillors.[5] He resigned a year later to become a member of the Westland County Council (a predecessor of Westland Province),[2] where he served as a member from 10 November 1869 to 8 December 1870.[6]

White and Edmund Barff contested the general election held on 25 January 1871 in the Hokitika electorate, with White being successful.[7] He represented the electorate until the end of the term in 1875 when he retired.[8] He was known in the House as "Honest John".[2]

When the Westland Province was inaugurated, White stood for election in January 1874 for one of the three seats in the Hokitika electorate and was returned at the head of the poll.[9] He remained a member of the provincial council until his death.[10] He was the first Speaker of the Provincial Council (24 February 1874 – 8 June 1874) until he resigned to become a member of the short-lived first Westland Executive Council in June 1874.[2][11] The Provincial Council was adjourned after three sessions in April 1875 and never met again before it was abolished shortly after White's death.[6] Hence, White had practically retired from public life when he retired from the House of Representatives.[2]

He died at his residence in Revell Street in Hokitika on 4 September 1876 from asthma[12] after a short illness of about four weeks.[1] The funeral service was held at St Mary's Catholic Church[13] and he was buried at Hokitika Cemetery.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Death". West Coast Times (2325). 9 September 1876. p. 2. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Death of Mr John White". West Coast Times (2322). 6 September 1876. p. 2. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Evening Post". The Evening Post XIV (58). 6 September 1876. p. 2. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1906). "Corporation Of Hokitika". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hokitika Borough Council Elections". West Coast Times (946). 3 October 1868. p. 2. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 243.
  7. ^ "Hokitika". The Evening Post VI (293). 26 January 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 245.
  9. ^ "Provincial Council Elections". West Coast Times (2593). 14 January 1874. p. 2. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 244.
  11. ^ Scholefield 1950, pp. 243f.
  12. ^ "Hokitika". The Evening Post XIV (58). 6 September 1876. p. 2. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Funeral Notice". West Coast Times (2322). 6 September 1876. p. 2. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Cemetery enquiry". Westland District Council. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

References[edit]

  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Hokitika
1871–1875
Succeeded by
Edmund Barff
Charles Button