Courtney Kenny

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New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1868–1870 4th Picton Independent
1871–1875 5th Picton Independent
1876–1879 6th Picton Independent
1879–1881 7th Picton Independent

Courtney William Alymer Thomas Kenny [1] (25 December 1835 – 12 December 1905) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament from the Marlborough Region, New Zealand.

Courtenay and his wife (Georgina Paulina Edith Kenny, 1835-1899,[2]) are reported to have arrived in Port Nicholson on the 'Philip Laing' 23 December 1856 [3] and to have established and named the 'Lochmara Run' in Queen Charlotte Sound, centred on Double Cove Bay and what was to become Lochmara Bay, in 1857.[4] They later farmed ‘The Rocks’ in Double Cove, until their deaths.[5]

Courtenay Kenny is reported to have been born in India, probably Moulmein (now in Burma), to an Indian army officer.[6] His wife was born in Geilston, Dumbarton, Scotland, also to an Indian army father.[7] Both were educated in England.[8]

Courtenay, having risen from ensign[9] to captain[10] in the 88th (Connaught Rangers) Regiment of Foot, served in Crimea and then exchanged to the 94th (Scotch) Regiment.[11] He was founding Captain of the Marlborough Volunteers 1860-1[12] and Marlborough Commissioner of Crown Lands 1862-1866,[13] then represented the Picton electorate from an 1866 by-election till 1881, when he retired.[14] He was appointed to the New Zealand Legislative Council on 15 May 1885 and served until his death on 12 December 1905.[15]


  1. ^ Name is spelt 'Courtenay' in his 1856 Scottish marriage (494/00010) and New Zealand death (1905/7708) registrations. He used also the spelling ‘Courtney’, such as in an 1868 mortgage to the NZ Trust and Loan Company
  2. ^ New Zealand death registration 1899/4460
  3. ^
  4. ^ New Zealand electoral roll 14 July 1857
  5. ^ New Zealand annual sheep returns 1879-1930. Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, online at
  6. ^
  7. ^ Scottish old parish birth registration 494/0000300142
  8. ^ 1851 English census, Norwich and Kensington Town respectively
  9. ^ London Gazette, 23 June 1854
  10. ^ London Gazette 27 October 1855
  11. ^ He resigned his commission 26 December 1860, Belfast News-Letter, 1 January 1861
  12. ^ Henry D Kelley, ‘As high as the Hills’, Cape Catley, Whatamongo, 1956, p 192
  13. ^ T. Lindsay Buick, ‘Old Marlborough’, Hart & Keeling Palmerston North, 1900, p 4
  14. ^ James Oakley Wilson (1985, 4th edition) New Zealand Parliamentary Record 1840-1984. Government Printer, Wellington p 210
  15. ^ Guy Schofield (1950, 3rd edition) New Zealand Parliamentary Record 1840-1949. Government Printer, Wellington, p 79
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
William Adams
Member of Parliament for Picton
Succeeded by
Edward Conolly