Edward Cargill

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Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1862–1865 3rd Bruce Independent

Edward Bowes Cargill (1823–1903) was a 19th-century businessman and Member of Parliament in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. He was the Mayor of Dunedin from 1897 to 1898, when the 50th anniversary of the founding of the province of Otago was celebrated.[1]

He arrived in Dunedin in 1859 after involvement in commerce in the East and Australia, and was involved in shipping with Johnny Jones and James Macandrew.

He represented the Bruce electorate from 1862 to 1865, when he resigned.[2] He served as Provincial Secretary and Councillor for Otago Province, and on the University of Otago board. He contested the 1887 election in the Dunedin Central electorate,[3] but was beaten by Frederick Fitchett.[4]

He was a son of William Cargill, and brother of John Cargill.[5] He built as his home the distinctive Cargill's Castle in Dunedin, known originally as "The Cliffs".


  1. ^ "Mayors of Dunedin". Otago Witness (2298). 17 March 1898. p. 62. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 188. OCLC 154283103. 
  3. ^ "The General Elections: City Nominations". Otago Daily Times (7982). 21 September 1887. p. 2. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "The General Election, 1887". National Library. 1887. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Death of Mr John Cargill". Otago Witness (2294). 17 February 1898. p. 23. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Charles Kettle
Member of Parliament for Bruce
Served alongside: Thomas Gillies, Arthur John Burns
Succeeded by
James Macandrew