Charles Gray (New Zealand politician)
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Christchurch North
1905 – 1908
|Preceded by||new electorate|
|Succeeded by||Tommy Taylor|
|17th Mayor of Christchurch|
|Preceded by||Samuel Manning|
|Succeeded by||William Prudhoe|
|Preceded by||Henry Wigram|
|Succeeded by||John Hall|
|Died||11 June 1918
Charles Gray was born in Geelong, Victoria, in Australia and came to New Zealand in 1862.
Local body politics
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. He was mayor until 1892. On 18 April 1904, he succeeded Henry Wigram as mayor, when he was declared elected unopposed. He served for one year, and his chief aims were beautifying the city, drainage, sanitation, lighting and high pressure water supply.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|1905–1908||16th||Christchurch North||Independent Liberal|
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'.
Gray died in Christchurch on 11 June 1918.
- 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 byEdward Wingfield Humphreys
|Member of Parliament for Christchurch North
|Mayor of Christchurch