Arthur Stallworthy

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For his father, the Kaipara MP, see John Stallworthy. For his son, the obstetrician, see John Arthur Stallworthy.
Stallworthy in 1928.

Arthur John Stallworthy (18 April 1877 – 1 August 1954) was a New Zealand politician of the United Party, and a Cabinet minister.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1928–1931 23rd Eden United
1931–1935 24th Eden United

Stallworthy was born in 1877 in Auckland, New Zealand. He was the eldest son of John Stallworthy,[1] who had come to New Zealand in 1872,[2] and who was Member of Parliament for the Kaipara electorate from 1905 to 1911.[3] His mother was Annie Jane Stallworthy. His father was employed by the Auckland Education Board as a teacher and in 1880, he was posted to Aratapu School in Hobson County, Northland, with the family moving there.[1][4] Aratapu is today a small settlement on the west bank of the Wairoa River, a short distance downstream from Dargaville, but back then economically as important as Dargaville if not ahead.[5]

His father became a newspaper proprietor but was blind for the last ten years of his life, and Arthur Stallworthy took over the running of the Wairoa Bell and Northern Advertiser.[6] After his father's death in November 1923, Arthur Stallworthy inherited the newspaper, which he sold soon after. He then moved to Auckland to be near his children, who attended Auckland University College.[1]

He represented the Eden electorate from 1928 to 1935, when he was deselected by the United/Reform Coalition.[3] He stood in the 1935 as a Democrat losing to the Labour candidate, Bill Anderton.[7]

He was the Minister of Health from 1928 to 1931, first under Joseph Ward and then George Forbes.[8]

Stallworthy died in 1954.[3] His son, John Stallworthy (1906–1993), was Nuffield Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Oxford (1967–1973).[9] His grandson, Jon Stallworthy (1935–2014), was Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Oxford.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "The Next Parliament". The New Zealand Herald. LXV (20104). 15 November 1928. p. 13. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Hamer 1988, p. 366.
  3. ^ a b c Wilson 1985, p. 236.
  4. ^ "Obituary". The New Zealand Herald. LX (18554). 12 November 1923. p. 8. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1902). "Aratapu". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Auckland Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Obituary". The Northern Advocate. 12 November 1923. p. 4. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 180.
  8. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 80–81.
  9. ^ Stirrat, Gordon (30 November 1993). "Obituary: Professor Sir John Stallworthy". The Independent. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Potter, Jane (3 December 2014). "Jon Stallworthy obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 


  • Hamer, David (1988). The New Zealand Liberals: The Years of Power, 1891–1912. Auckland University Press. ISBN 1-86940-014-3. 
  • 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
Preceded by
Rex Mason
Member of Parliament for Eden
Succeeded by
Bill Anderton
Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Young
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Alexander Young