David Campbell Kidd

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David Campbell Kidd (29 September 1889 – 23 September 1954) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.

Early life[edit]

Kidd was born in 1889 in Otago and received his education at Albany Street Public School in Dunedin. Together with his brother, he worked on and later managed his father's farm, 'Moss Vale'. He went into World War I with the South Canterbury Mounted Rifles and was wounded in the Battle of Gaza. After the war, he took up a farm as a crown lease at Burkes Pass.[1]

He married Anne Elizabeth 'Nan' Stirling in 1919.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1938–1943 26th Waitaki National
1943–1946 27th Waitaki National
1946–1949 28th Waimate National
1949–1951 29th Waimate National
1951–1954 30th Waimate National

Kidd became the first Dominion president of the Crown Tenants' Association, and was also represented on the Canterbury Land Board, and the Timaru Harbour Board.[1]

In the 1938 election, Kidd won the Waitaki electorate from Labour's David Barnes by just 14 votes.[1][4] He held the electorate at the next election in 1943.[5] The Waitaki electorate was abolished for the 1946 election,[6] and Kidd successfully stood in the Waimate electorate instead. He was again elected in 1949 and 1951.

He died on 23 September 1954 in Kimberley, South Africa, while returning from a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference in Nairobi, Kenya.[1] As it was less than two months before the 1954 election, a by-election was not necessary.[5] He was succeeded by National's Alfred James Davey.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Gustafson 1986, p. 324.
  2. ^ "Women's Corner". The Press. LV (16647). 7 October 1919. p. 2. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "News of the Day". Ellesmere Guardian. XXIV (4110). 4 October 1919. p. 2. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 182, 210.
  5. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 210.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 275.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 192.


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
David Barnes
Member of Parliament for Waitaki
In abeyance
Title next held by
Thomas Hayman
New constituency Member of Parliament for Waimate
Succeeded by
Alfred James Davey