Arthur Collins (politician)

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Arthur Collins in 1860

Arthur Shuckburgh Collins (31 December 1832 – 26 September 1911), known as Arthur Collins and later as Arthur Collyns, was a 19th-century Member of Parliament from Nelson, New Zealand.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1868–1870 4th Collingwood Independent
1871–1873 5th Collingwood Independent
1881 7th Suburbs of Nelson Independent

Collins was born on 31 December 1832 in Devon, England.[1] His parents were William Wrangham Collins (1799–1880) and Henrietta Shuckburgh (1799–1861).[2][3] He was their only child.[4] He received a 'good education'.[5] The family emigrated to Nelson on the Pekin from London, arriving on 15 January 1850.[4][6] In his younger years, he excelled in sports.[5]

Erica Elspeth Collins, his second wife (ca 1876)

Collins married Catherine Anne Collins (née Isaacson, born c.1834) on 25 September 1855 in Nelson. They had three girls before his wife died on 8 February 1864. On 25 January 1866, he married again—Erica Elspeth Collins (née MacKay, born 25 May 1843). Ten children resulted from this marriage.[1] Sometime in the 1870s, he changed the spelling of his surname to Collyns. His daughter Hilda Reay (born 24 September 1875) was registered as Collins, whilst his son Arthur Wrangham (born 11 January 1878) was registered as Collyns.[1]

He represented the Collingwood electorate from 1868 to 1873, when he resigned.[7] He was a Provincialist, but once elected, he changed his mind and became an ardent supporter of the abolition of the provinces.[5] He then represented the Suburbs of Nelson electorate in 1881 from 11 January to 8 November, when he retired.[7]

Collyns died on 26 September 1911. He is buried, as are his wives, at Wakapuaka Cemetery.[4][8] His second wife had died before him, on 27 June 1897.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Ward, Kirsty. "Genealogy Data". Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Ward, Kirsty. "Genealogy Data". Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Ward, Kirsty. "Genealogy Data". Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Toomey, Garry. "St Thomas' Anglican Church, Woodbury". South Canterbury GenWeb. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Nelson Evening Mail. Friday, January 14, 1881.". Nelson Evening Mail. XVI, Issue 12. 14 January 1881. p. 2. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Passenger Lists" (PDF). Nelson City Council. p. 117. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 189. OCLC 154283103. 
  8. ^ "Cemeteries Database". Nelson City Council. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Andrew Richmond
Member of Parliament for Collingwood
Succeeded by
William Gibbs
Preceded by
Andrew Richmond
Member of Parliament for Suburbs of Nelson
Constituency abolished