Arthur Beauchamp

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Arthur Beauchamp (1827 – 28 April 1910) was a Member of Parliament from New Zealand.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1866–1867 4th Picton Independent

Beauchamp came to Nelson from Australia on the Lalla Rookh, arriving on 23 February 1861.[1] He lived much of his life in a number of locations around the top of the South Island. His son Harold Beauchamp rose to fame as chairman of the Bank of New Zealand and the father of writer Katherine Mansfield.[1]

Beauchamp represented the Picton electorate from 1866 to 1867, when he resigned.[2] He also served on the council of Marlborough Province and is best-remembered for a 10-hour speech to that body when an attempt was made to relocate the capital from Picton to Blenheim.[3]

In 1866 he attempted to sue the Speaker of the House, David Monro. At the time the extent of privilege held by Members of Parliament was unclear; a select committee ruled that the case could proceed, but with a stay until after the parliamentary session.[4]


  1. ^ a b Nicholls, Roberta. "Beauchamp, Harold – Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 183. OCLC 154283103. 
  3. ^ "Marlborough Express—30 April 1910—OBITUARY.". 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives—1866 Session I—F-06 REPORT OF A SELECT COMMITTEE ON PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.". 1866. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
David Monro
Member of Parliament for Picton
Succeeded by
William Adams