Philip Connolly

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Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1943–1946 27th Dunedin West Labour
1946–1949 28th Dunedin Central Labour
1949–1951 29th Dunedin Central Labour
1951–1954 30th Dunedin Central Labour
1954–1957 31st Dunedin Central Labour
1957–1960 32nd Dunedin Central Labour
1960–1963 33rd Dunedin Central Labour

Philip George Connolly (1899–1970) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

He represented the Dunedin West electorate from 1943 to 1946, and then the Dunedin Central electorate from 1946 to 1963, when he retired.[1]

He had previously worked in the NZR Hillside Workshops, and in World War II served in the Royal New Zealand Navy in the Atlantic and Pacific, commanding minesweeper HMS Deodar and antisubmarine vessel HMNZS Moa.

He was a Cabinet Minister, and was Minister of Defence from 12 December 1957 to 12 December 1960 in the Second Labour Government.[2]


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 190.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 88.


  • Jamieson, Rosemary (2009), In Command: Minesweeper Captain and Labour Parliamentarian (1st ed.), Wellington, [N.Z.]: Steele Roberts 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Peter Neilson
Member of Parliament for Dunedin Central
Succeeded by
Brian MacDonell