Bill Parry (politician)

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The Honourable
Bill Parry
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Auckland Central
In office
1919 – 1946
Preceded by Albert Glover
Succeeded by Bill Anderton
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Arch Hill
In office
1946 – 1951
Succeeded by John Stewart
Personal details
Born 1878
Orange, New South Wales
Died 27 November 1952
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Georgina Parry (nee Foulkes)
Children Freda Veronica Ciochetto (nee Parry), Myra Parry

Grandson Barrie Acton Ciochetto, great grandchildren Monique Jones-Ciochetto and Marc William Ciochetto

William Edward (Bill) Parry (1878 – 27 November 1952) was a New Zealand Minister and trade unionist.

Early years[edit]

Parry was born at Orange, in New South Wales, Australia and arrived in New Zealand in 1906.[1]

Parry was a miner at Waihi and Secretary of the Waihi Miners' Union. He was imprisoned at Mt. Eden during the 1912 Waihi miners' strike. He opposed conscription during World War I, but not during World War II.[2]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1919–1922 20th Auckland Central Labour
1922–1925 21st Auckland Central Labour
1925–1928 22nd Auckland Central Labour
1928–1931 23rd Auckland Central Labour
1931–1935 24th Auckland Central Labour
1935–1938 25th Auckland Central Labour
1938–1943 26th Auckland Central Labour
1943–1946 27th Auckland Central Labour
1946–1949 28th Arch Hill Labour
1949–1951 29th Arch Hill Labour

Bill Parry represented the electorates of Auckland Central from 1919 to 1946, and then Arch Hill from 1946 to 1951, when he retired.

Parry was the Minister of Internal Affairs from 1935 to 1949 and the Minister in charge of Pensions when Labour introduced Social Security in 1938.[3]

Parry died on 27 November 1952.[2]



New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Albert Glover
Member of Parliament for Auckland Central
1919 – 1946
Succeeded by
Bill Anderton
New constituency Member of Parliament for Arch Hill
1946 – 1951
Succeeded by
John Stewart