David Wilson (New Zealand politician)
|1st Minister of Immigration|
30 April 1940 – 12 April 1944
|Succeeded by||Paddy Webb|
|6th Secretary of the Labour Party|
|Preceded by||Jim Thorn|
|Succeeded by||Michael Moohan|
6 July 1880|
24 August 1977 (aged 97)|
Wellington, New Zealand
Early life and career
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. Wilson served as the Labour Party's Secretary-Treasurer from 1936 until 1940.
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. 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.
He died in Wellington Hospital on 24 August 1977.
- Gustafson, Barry (1986). From the Cradle to the Grave: a biography of Michael Joseph Savage. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00138-5.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
R. M. Firth
| New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada
|Party political offices|
| Secretary of the Labour Party
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