Clutha Mackenzie

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Clutha Mackenzie in 1931

Sir Clutha Nantes Mackenzie (11 February 1895 – 30 March 1966) was a New Zealand politician and worker for the blind. He was briefly a Reform Party Member of Parliament.

Biography[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1921–1922 20th Auckland East Reform

Mackenzie won the Auckland East electorate in a 1921 by-election[1] after the resignation of Arthur Myers,[2] but was defeated in the next election in 1922 by John A. Lee.[3]

A son of Sir Thomas Mackenzie, who was High Commissioner in London and was previously a Liberal politician (and Prime Minister in 1912), he enlisted in the Army in World War I. He was blinded at Gallipoli.[4]

He was active in organisations for the blind; he was attached to the UN and was Chairman of the World Braille Council. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 1935 New Year Honours.[5] Later that year he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[6]

Mackenzie died in Auckland in 1966,[7] and his ashes were buried in the Dunedin Northern Cemetery.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 123.
  2. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 128.
  3. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 120.
  4. ^ Brooking, Tom. "Mackenzie, Thomas Noble 1853–1930". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 34119. p. 2. 1 January 1935. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Hansen, Penelope. "Mackenzie, Clutha Nantes". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cemeteries search". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 

References[edit]

  • Obituary in Evening Post, 31 March 1966 page 26.
  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Arthur Myers
Member of Parliament for Auckland East
1921–1922
Succeeded by
John A. Lee