Bernard Martin

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For the New York politician, see Bernard F. Martin.
The Honourable
Bernard Martin
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17th Speaker of the Legislative Council
In office
Preceded by Mark Fagan
Succeeded by Thomas Otto Bishop
Personal details
Born 1882
Died 19 June 1956(1956-06-19) (aged 74)
Political party Labour Party

Bernard Martin MLC (1882 – 19 June 1956) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party and one of the party's pioneers.


Martin was born in England. He migrated to New Zealand in 1900, and was a member of the first Executive of the Labour Party in 1916. From Auckland, he was on the Auckland City Council and the Auckland University Council.

Martin was appointed to the New Zealand Legislative Council in 1936 and served for two terms until 8 March 1950.[1] He was Chairman of Committees from 1939 to 1948,[2] when he was promoted to Speaker from 1948 to the end of his tenure.[3]


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 158.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 169.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 168.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Josiah Hanan
Chairman of Committees of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Michael Connelly
Preceded by
Mark Fagan
Speaker of the New Zealand Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Thomas Otto Bishop