Edward Luttrell Cullen

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The Honourable
Edward Luttrell Cullen
Edward Luttrell Cullen.jpg
18th Minister of Agriculture
In office
19 December 1946 – 13 December 1949
Preceded by Ben Roberts
Succeeded by Keith Holyoake
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hawkes Bay
In office
1935 – 1946
Preceded by Hugh Campbell
Succeeded by Cyril Harker
Personal details
Born 5 September 1895
Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Died 18 February 1963
Political party Labour
Awards Military Medal
Military service
Allegiance New Zealand Army
Rank Army-GBR-OR-06.svg Sergeant
Battles/wars World War I

Edward Luttrell Cullen MM (5 September 1895 – 18 February 1963) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party, and a cabinet minister in the First Labour Government.


Early life[edit]

Cullen was born in Havelock North, and educated at Nuhaka Native School and Napier Boys' High School. He farmed at Wairoa. He joined the NZEF as a Rifleman then Sergeant (No 12356) in World War I, and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery.[1]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1935–1938 25th Hawkes Bay Labour
1938–1943 26th Hawkes Bay Labour
1943–1946 27th Hawkes Bay Labour
1946–1949 28th Hastings Labour

He represented the Hawkes Bay electorate from 1935 to 1946, having stood there unsuccessfully in 1931.[2] In 1946 he won the Hastings electorate, but was unsuccessful in 1949.[3]

He was Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Marketing from 1947 to 1949.[4]


  1. ^ Gustafson, Barry (1986). From the Cradle to the Grave: a biography of Michael Joseph Savage. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 279. ISBN 0-474-00138-5. 
  2. ^ "A Coalition Certainty". The Evening Post. CXII (120). 17 November 1931. p. 10. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 191. OCLC 154283103. 
  4. ^ Scholefield, G. H. (1951) [1908]. Who’s Who in New Zealand (5 ed.). Wellington: Reed. p. 55. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Hugh Campbell
Member of Parliament for Hawkes Bay
Succeeded by
Cyril Harker
New constituency Member of Parliament for Hastings
Succeeded by
Sydney Jones