Thomas Davey (New Zealand politician)
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for City of Christchurch electorate
|Preceded by||George John Smith|
|Succeeded by||electorate abolished|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Christchurch East
|Preceded by||new electorate|
|Succeeded by||Henry Thacker|
|Spouse(s)||Maude Davey (née Dobson)|
Thomas Henry Davey (1856 – 5 April 1934) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament for the electorates of City of Christchurch and Christchurch East. He is regarded as a member of the Liberal Party, but was critical of aspects of the party and its leadership.
With his parents, he came to New Zealand in 1874, arriving in Wellington on the Douglass. They lived in Feilding (where he worked as a saw miller), Wellington (where he worked for the Government printer) and then Christchurch. He was a printer for the Lyttelton Times newspaper and became President of the Typographical Union and Vice-President of the Trades and Labour Council.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
From between the general elections of 1902 and 1905, Davey was one of the three members of marliament representing the multi-member City of Christchurch electorate. He had been presented with a petition to stand for parliament and came third out of nine contenders in this three-member electorate, behind Tommy Taylor and Harry Ell.
In 1905, these multi-member electorates were split up, and he won the Christchurch East electorate against three other contenders: William Whitehouse Collins (who had previously been in Parliament for the Liberal Party), Henry Toogood (a young engineer who only recently left Canterbury College and who would become one of the founding members of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand), and Frederick Cooke (a prominent member of the Socialist Party).
Like Harry Ell, Davey showed an independent attitude towards the Liberal Government. He demanded an elective executive, and said that Premier Richard Seddon held too many portfolios. He also believed that the Cabinet should be reconstructed. Nonetheless, Davey is listed as a member of the Liberal Party in Wilson's New Zealand Parliamentary Record : 1840–1984.
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- Lyttelton Times, 16 November 1905: n.p.
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- Lyttelton Times, 1 August 1903: n.p.
- "Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thomas Henry Davey.|
- Bassett, Michael (1982), Three Party Politics in New Zealand, 1911–1931, n.p.: Historical Publications, ISBN 0-86870-006-1
- Hamer, David (1988), The New Zealand Liberals: the years of power, 1891–1912, Auckland, [N.Z.]: Auckland University Press, ISBN 1-86940-014-3
- Whitcher, G. F. (1966), The New Liberal Party 1905 [M.A.(Hons.) – University of Canterbury]
- Wood, G. Antony (ed.) (1996), Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament, Dunedin, [N.Z.]: Otago University Press, ISBN 1-877133-00-0
|New Zealand Parliament|
Harry Ell, George John Smith, William Whitehouse Collins
|Member of Parliament for Christchurch
Served alongside: Harry Ell and Tommy Taylor (1902–1905)
Title last held byJerningham Wakefield
|Member of Parliament for Christchurch East