William Wells (New Zealand politician)

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William Wells (1810 – 21 January 1893) was a New Zealand politician.

Early life[edit]

Wells came to Nelson in the 1840s and purchased land in Wakapuaka, north of Nelson, from the New Zealand Company, which he kept all his life.[1] He farmed a property there.[2] He was a part owner of the Dun Mountain Railway.[3]


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1855–1858 2nd Wairau Independent
1861–1866 3rd Suburbs of Nelson Independent
1866–1870 4th Suburbs of Nelson Independent

He represented the Wairau electorate in the 2nd New Zealand Parliament from 1855 to 1858, but resigned before the end of his term. He later represented the Suburbs of Nelson in the 3rd Parliament and the 4th Parliament, from 1861 to 1870, when he retired. He also participated in Nelson provincial politics.[4]


He died on 21 January 1893, aged 82 years, at his property Marybank in Wakapuaka and was buried two days later at Wakapuaka Cemetery.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Saturday, January 21, 1893.". Nelson Evening Mail. XXVII (17). 21 January 1893. p. 2. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1906). "Former Members Of The House Of Representatives". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts. Christchurch. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Summary Notes". Colonist. XXXVI (7535). 23 January 1893. p. 3. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  5. ^ "Cemeteries Database". Nelson City Council. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Death". Nelson Evening Mail. XXVII (17). 21 January 1893. p. 2. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Frederick Weld
Member of Parliament for Wairau
Succeeded by
Frederick Weld
Preceded by
James Balfour Wemyss
Member of Parliament for Suburbs of Nelson
Succeeded by
Ralph Richardson