David Pinkerton

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David Pinkerton
David Pinkerton.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Dunedin
In office
5 December 1890 – 4 December 1896
New Zealand Legislative Councillor
In office
3 February 1897 – 23 June 1906
Appointed by Richard Seddon
Personal details
Born September 1836
Kirknewton, West Lothian, Scotland
Died 23 June 1906
Dunedin, New Zealand
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Margaret Fairley

David Pinkerton (September 1836 – 23 June 1906) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament for Dunedin City, in the South Island.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kirknewton, West Lothian, Scotland. He married Margaret Fairley on 1 December 1857 with whom he had three daughters. Pinkerton came to New Zealand in 1861.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1890–1893 11th City of Dunedin Liberal-Labour
1893–1896 12th City of Dunedin Liberal-Labour

Pinkerton represented the City of Dunedin electorate in the House of Representatives from 1890[3] to 1896,[4][5] when he came fourth in the three-member electorate.[6][7]

Pinkerton headed the poll for Dunedin City in 1890 and 1893. He played a prominent role in Dunedin trade unionism in the late 1880s, was active in the anti-sweating movement, and served as President of the Otago Trades and Labour Council.[8]

Pinkerton was appointed to the Legislative Council after his 1896 defeat, serving from 1897 to 1906, when he died.[9][10] He was buried at the Dunedin Southern Cemetery.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hamer 1988, p. 365.
  2. ^ a b "Cemeteries search". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "The General Election, 1890". National Library. 1891. p. 2. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 227.
  5. ^ Olssen, Erik. "David Pinkerton - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Otago". Auckland Star. XXVII (305). 23 December 1896. p. 6. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "City of Dunedin Electoral District". Otago Daily Times (10666). 4 December 1896. p. 1. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Hamer 1988, pp. 185–186.
  9. ^ Thomson 1998, p. 390.
  10. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 161.

References[edit]

  • Southern People: A Dictionary of Otago and Southland Biography Edited by Jane Thomson (1998, Dunedin City Council, Dunedin)
  • Hamer, David A. (1988). The New Zealand Liberals: The Years of Power, 1891–1912. Christchurch. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.