Arthur Morrison (politician)

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Morrison in 1899

Arthur Morrison (22 November 1846[1] – 21 November 1901) was a member of parliament in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Early life[edit]

Morrison was born in Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1846 and attended the local parish school until aged nine years. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1874 and was a coal merchant in Dunedin from 1875 until his election to Parliament in 1893.[2] He exemplified the self-made man who identified with Labour.[3]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1893–1896 12th Caversham Liberal
1896–1899 13th Caversham Liberal
1899–1901 14th Caversham Liberal

Morrison served on the Caversham Borough Council for three years. The Otago Daily Times said Morrison was a "careful reasoner".[2]

He represented the Caversham electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives from the 1893 general election to his death in 1901.[4]

From 1900 until 1901 he was the Liberal Party's junior whip.[5]


Morrison died in Hanmer Springs on 21 November 1901.[2] It was the largest funeral that has ever been witnessed in Caversham.[6]


  1. ^ "Our Dunedin special". Poverty Bay Herald. 23 November 1901. p. 2. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Death of Mr Arthur Morrison, M.H.R." Otago Daily Times. 23 November 1901. p. 8. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  3. ^ Hamer, David (1988). The New Zealand Liberals : the Years of Power 1891–1912. Auckland: Auckland University Press. pp. 186, 365.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 221.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 279.
  6. ^ "Mr Morrison's Funeral". Evening Star (11714). 25 November 1901. p. 8. Retrieved 8 April 2016.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1890
Title last held by
William Barron
Member of Parliament for Caversham
Succeeded by
Thomas Sidey