Duncan Rae

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Duncan McFadyen Rae CMG (2 June 1888 – 3 February 1964) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1946–1949 28th Parnell National
1949–1951 29th Parnell National
1951–1954 30th Parnell National
1954–1957 31st Eden National
1957–1960 32nd Eden National

Rae was born in Mataura. He received his education at Knox College and at Otago University, where he gained an MA and a diploma of education. He was in the NZEF in World War I.[1] He taught at East Cape School in Invercargill for ten years, and was then Vice-Principal (1924–1929) then Principal (1929–1947) at the Auckland Teachers' Training College.[2]

He represented the Auckland electorates of Parnell from 1946 to 1954, and then Eden from 1954 (succeeding Wilfred Fortune) to 1960, when he retired.[3]

He was made Consul-General to Indonesia (1961–1963) then Chargé d'Affaires to Indonesia (1963).[2]

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1963 New Year Honours.[4] He died suddenly on 3 February 1964 in Auckland.[2]


  1. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 338.
  2. ^ a b c Renwick, William. "Rae, Duncan McFadyen - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 228.
  4. ^ "No. 42872". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1963. p. 39. 


  • 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
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1938
Title last held by
Bill Endean
Member of Parliament for Parnell
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Wilfred Fortune
Member of Parliament for Eden
Succeeded by
John Rae