Daniel Reese (politician)

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Daniel Reese (1841 – 4 October 1891) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament from Christchurch, New Zealand.

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1884–1887 9th Stanmore Independent

Reese was born in Motherwell, Scotland. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1861 on the New Zealandia, and founded a Christchurch building firm in 1864. He was a champion rower, and his son Dan Reese (who was 12 when he died) was a champion Canterbury cricketer. Two other sons, Tom and Jack, were also prominent cricketers in Canterbury.[1]

Reese had several high-profile commissions. He built Trinity Congregational Church (ca 1870),[2] the Canterbury Club (1873),[3] Cranmer Court (1873–1875),[4] St Paul's Church (1877), parts of Lincoln College, the Chief Post Office (1877–1878), the United Service Hotel in Cathedral Square (1884–1885), parts of Sunnyside Hospital, the first Christchurch Girls' High School (now part of the Arts Centre, and the second Girls' High School (1881).[2] He also built the Belfast Freezing Works.[5]

He represented the Stanmore electorate from 1884 when he defeated Walter Pilliet, but was defeated in 1887.[6][7]


  1. ^ Hall, Fiona. "Reese, Daniel - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Shepard, Deborah (October 1986). The Architectural Heritage of Christchurch : 1. The Normal School (third ed.). Christchurch: Christchurch City Council Town Planning Division. 
  3. ^ "Canterbury Club". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cranmer Court (Former Normal School)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1903). "Mr. Daniel Reese". Canterbury Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 229. OCLC 154283103. 
  7. ^ "The New Parliament". XIX (5378). Wanganui Herald. 29 July 1884. p. 2. Retrieved 20 March 2010.