Alfred Brandon (mayor)

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Alfred de Bathe Brandon
Mayor Alfred de Bathe Brandon.jpg
12th Mayor of Wellington
In office
Preceded by Francis Bell
Succeeded by Charles Luke
Personal details
Born 12 December 1854
Wellington, New Zealand
Died 30 July 1938
Wellington, New Zealand
Political party Liberal

Alfred de Bathe Brandon (12 December 1854 – 30 July 1938) was the Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand in 1894.[1]

Brandon was the son of Member of Parliament Alfred Brandon. He married Louisa Kebbell, the second daughter of Thomas Kebbell, an early Wellington pioneer, in 1879. They had three sons and three daughters.

Brandon was one of the first eight boys who enrolled at Wellington College when it first opened. In 1872 he was granted one of the first scholarships to the University of New Zealand. In 1875, he attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge, England and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1878. Brandon was admitted to the Bar at Middle Temple. On his return to New Zealand he was admitted as a barristor and solicitor to the Supreme Court.

Brandon joined his father's law firm eventually becoming a senior partner in the law firm Brandon, Ward, Hislop, and Powles. He also became President of the Wellington District Law Society. In August 1888 Brandon was appointed a Director of the Australian Mutual Provident Society. He became its Deputy Chairman in May 1903 and Chairman in 1918. A position he held until he retired on 31 May 1934. His father had been a Director of the Society from 1871 to 1886.

Brandon was also a long serving member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce having joined in 1872. He was on its executive for 11 years and President in 1882, 1897 and 1898. In April 1929 he was elected a life member. Brandon was also a Board member of the Gear Meat and Freezing Company until he retired in September 1935 due to ill health.

In September 1886 he was elected as a City Councillor for the Thorndon Ward. A position he held until January 1891. In 1894 he was Mayor of Wellington and a member of the Wellington Harbour Board.[2]

His son of the same name, Alfred de Bathe Brandon, was a notable lawyer and aviator.[3]

Brandon died in Wellington on 30 July 1938.


  1. ^ Mr A de B Brandon, Evening Post, Volume CXXVI, Issue 26, 30 July 1938, Page 11
  2. ^ Late Mr A de B Brandon, Evening Post, Volume CXXVI, Issue 48, 25 August 1938, Page 17
  3. ^ Bentley, Geoffrey. "Brandon, Alfred de Bathe - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  • No Mean City by Stuart Perry (1969, Wellington City Council) includes a paragraph and a portrait or photo for each mayor.
Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Bell
Mayor of Wellington
Succeeded by
Charles Luke