David Wilson (New Zealand politician)

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David Wilson
David Wilson MLC.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Legislative Council
In office
22 September 1937 – 21 September 1944
In office
16 June 1947 – 31 December 1950
Personal details
Born 6 July 1880
Glasgow, Scotland
Died 24 August 1977
New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Labour Party

David Wilson (6 July 1880 – 24 August 1977) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party. He was a minister in the First Labour Government.

Political career[edit]

He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, a tailor, and was a union organiser in Derbyshire, England before migrating to Australia in 1911 and New Zealand in 1916. He became a Labour Party organiser, and assistant to Walter Nash then Jim Thorn.[1] Wilson served as the Labour Party's Secretary-Treasurer from 1936 until 1940. [2]

He was a member of the New Zealand Legislative Council from 22 September 1937 to 21 September 1944, when his term ended; and 16 June 1947 to 31 December 1950, when the Council was abolished.[3] He was a Member of the Executive Council in the First Labour Government: Minister without Portfolio from 8 November 1939 to 13 December 1949; Minister of Immigration and Minister for State Fire from 30 April 1940 to 12 April 1944; Minister of Broadcasting and Associate Minister of National Service from 21 January 1941 to 12 April 1944.[4]

He was High Commissioner to Canada and New Zealand delegate to the UN General Assembly 1944-47, and to FAO 1945, UNESCO and UNICEF 1946-47.[1]


  1. ^ a b Gustafson 1986.
  2. ^ Paul, J.T. (1946). Humanism in Politics: New Zealand Labour Party in Retrospect. Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Worker Printing and Publishing. 
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 167.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 82-83, 116-117, 131, 167.


Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Thorn
Secretary of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Michael Moohan