Alfred Cadman

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Sir Alfred Cadman

Alfred Jerome Cadman (Cropped).jpg
11th Speaker of the Legislative Council
In office
7 July 1904 – 23 March 1905
Preceded byJohn Rigg
Succeeded byRichard Reeves
1st Minister of Railways
In office
24 November 1895 – 28 April 1899
Prime MinisterRichard Seddon
Succeeded byJoseph Ward
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Coromandel
In office
1881 – 1890
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Thames
In office
1890 – 1893
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for City of Auckland
In office
1893 – 1893
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Waikato
In office
1893 – 1896
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Ohinemuri
In office
1896 – 1899
Personal details
Alfred Jerome Cadman

17 June 1847
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died23 March 1905(1905-03-23) (aged 57)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political partyLiberal Party

Sir Alfred Jerome Cadman KCMG (17 June 1847 – 23 March 1905) was a New Zealand politician of the Liberal Party. He was the Minister of Railways from 1895 to 1899 in the Liberal Government.

Early life[edit]

Cadman was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1847. His family emigrated to Auckland in 1848.[1]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1881–1884 8th Coromandel Independent
1884–1887 9th Coromandel Independent
1887–1890 10th Coromandel Independent
1890–1893 11th Thames Liberal
1893 11th City of Auckland Liberal
1893–1896 12th Waikato Liberal
1896–1899 13th Ohinemuri Liberal

He was the Member of Parliament for several electorates: Coromandel 1881–1890, Thames 1890–1893 (resigned), City of Auckland 1893, Waikato 1893–1896 and Ohinemuri 1896–1899, when he retired from the Lower House.[2] He resigned and was re-elected in the 1893 by-election after a challenge to his personal integrity.

In 1899 he was then appointed to the Legislative Council, of which he was a member from 21 December 1899 until he died, and was Speaker from 7 July 1904 until he died.

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in June 1901, on the occasion of the visit of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) to New Zealand.[3] In 1903 he was knighted and promoted to a Knight Commander within the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).


Cadman died in Auckland on 23 March 1905.[1]


  1. ^ a b Butterworth, Graham (22 June 2007). "Cadman, Alfred Jerome 1847–1905". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  2. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1925) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record (2nd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 83.
  3. ^ "No. 27325". The London Gazette. 21 June 1901. p. 4182.
  • "Obituary". 'Auckland Star" in Papers Past. 23 March 1905.
  • "Obituary". "The Press" in Papers Past. 24 March 1905.
  • "Obituary". "The Star" in Papers Past. 23 March 1905.
  • "Obituary". "The New Zealand Herald" in Papers Past. 25 March 1905.
  • "Obituary". "The Otago Daily Times" in Papers Past. 24 March 1905.

Further reading[edit]

  • Whiting, Patricia (c. 1999). 150 years in New Zealand: the Gatland, Buckton and Cadman families. Lower Hutt, [N.Z.]: P.M. Whiting. ISBN 0-473-06598-3.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.

External links[edit]

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Title next held by
Leo Schultz
Preceded by
William Fraser
Member of Parliament for Thames
Succeeded by
James McGowan
Preceded by
William Lee Rees
Member of Parliament for City of Auckland
Served alongside: John Shera, Thomas Thompson
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Charles Button, William Crowther, George Grey
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Edward Lake
Member of Parliament for Waikato
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Frederic Lang
New constituency Member of Parliament for Ohinemuri
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Jackson Palmer
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New title Minister of Railways
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Joseph Ward
Preceded by
John Rigg
Speaker of the New Zealand Legislative Council
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