Charles Beard Izard

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Charles Beard Izard
Charles Beard Izard.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wellington South and Suburbs
In office
26 September 1887 – 5 December 1890
Preceded by seat established
Succeeded by seat abolished
Personal details
Born 1829
Brighton, England
Died 1904
Wellington, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Mary Ann Hayward
Relations Charles Hayward Izard (son)
Profession Lawyer

Charles Beard Izard (1829–1904) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament and lawyer in Wellington, New Zealand.


Early life[edit]

Izard was born in Brighton, England, and educated at King's College London and Magdalene College, Cambridge, graduating in mathematics in 1854. After studying at Lincoln's Inn he was admitted to the bar in England.[1] He married Miss Mary Ann Hayward from Sussex in 1859. She died in Wellington on 18 July 1900 aged 71 years.[2]

In 1860 they emigrated to Auckland, and that year moved to Wellington. He was a Crown solicitor and partner in the law firm that became Bell Gully.[1] His son, Charles Hayward Izard, was a partner in that firm from 1882 to 1897.[3] He was on the boards of local schools and local companies e.g. the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company and the Meat Export Company. He retired from the law in 1887 due to failing eyesight.[1]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1887–1890 10th Wellington South and Suburbs Independent

He contested the 1881 election in the Foxton electorate, where he was second of six candidates, beaten by James Wilson.[4]

He represented the Wellington South and Suburbs electorate from 1887 to 1890, when he was defeated (for the Hutt electorate).[5]

His son Charles Hayward Izard was also a Member of Parliament.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Evening Post; 21 October 1904 p5
  2. ^ Dominion; 19 July 1900 p6
  3. ^ Cooke, Robin (1969). Portrait of a Profession: The Centennial Book of the New Zealand Law Society. Wellington: Reed Publishing. p. 396. 
  4. ^ "Foxton". Thames Star. XII (4043). 13 December 1881. p. 2. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 207. OCLC 154283103. 
  6. ^  Foster, Joseph (1885). "Izard, Charles Beard". Men-at-the-Bar (second ed.). London: Hazell, Watson, and Viney. p. 238.