Charles Gray (New Zealand politician)

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The Honourable
Charles Gray
Charles Mathew Gray.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Christchurch North
In office
1905 – 1908
Preceded by new electorate
Succeeded by Tommy Taylor
17th Mayor of Christchurch
In office
Preceded by Samuel Manning
Succeeded by William Prudhoe
In office
Preceded by Henry Wigram
Succeeded by John Hall
Personal details
Born 1853
Died 11 June 1918
Nationality New Zealand

Charles Mathew Gray (1853 – 11 June 1918) was a New Zealand Independent Member of Parliament for Christchurch North, and Mayor of Christchurch.

Early life[edit]

Charles Gray was born in Geelong, Victoria, in Australia and came to New Zealand in 1862.

Local body politics[edit]

Gray was elected to the Christchurch City Council in 1885. Mayoral elections were held on 26 November 1890. The two candidates were the incumbent, Samuel Manning, and Gray, who received 492 and 665 votes, respectively. Gray was thus elected as the 17th mayor of Christchurch.[1] He was mayor until 1892. On 18 April 1904, he succeeded Henry Wigram as mayor, when he was declared elected unopposed.[2] He served for one year, and his chief aims were beautifying the city, drainage, sanitation, lighting and high pressure water supply.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1905–1908 16th Christchurch North Independent Liberal

Charles Gray represented the Christchurch North electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives from the 1905 election to 1908.

Gray defeated Tommy Taylor in the 1905 contest for Christchurch North.

Gray made it clear during the election campaign that he was an independent Liberal who would go to the House unfettered by party obligations. He declared that he was not a 'party man'.[3]


Gray died in Christchurch on 11 June 1918.


  1. ^ "The Mayoral Elections". The Star (7021). 27 November 1890. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Election of Mayor". The Press. LXI (11871). 19 April 1904. p. 11. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Lyttelton Times. 18 November 1905. p. 7.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • Whitcher, G. F. (1966), The New Liberal Party 1905, [M.A.(Hons.) – University of Canterbury] 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 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
Edward Wingfield Humphreys
Member of Parliament for Christchurch North
Succeeded by
Tommy Taylor
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Manning
Mayor of Christchurch
Succeeded by
William Prudhoe
Preceded by
Henry Wigram
Succeeded by
John Hall