Edwin Meachen

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Edwin Meachen
Edwin Meachen.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wairau
In office
1935 – 1938
Preceded by Edward Healy
Succeeded by seat abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Marlborough
In office
1938 – 1946
Preceded by Edward Healy
Succeeded by Tom Shand
Personal details
Born 11 November 1895
Wanganui, New Zealand
Died 11 July 1970
Blenheim, New Zealand
Political party Labour

Edwin Purcell Meachen MBE JP (11 November 1895 – 11 July 1970) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1935–1938 25th Wairau Labour
1938–1943 26th Marlborough Labour
1943–1946 27th Marlborough Labour

Meachen was born in Whanganui. He represented the Marlborough electorates of Wairau from 1935 to 1938, and then Marlborough from 1938 to 1946 when he was defeated.[1] He first stood for Wairau in 1931.

He was the Mayor of Blenheim in 1953, and Chairman of the Marlborough Catchment Board since its inception in 1955.[1] He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the community, particularly to local government, in the 1968 Queen's Birthday Honours.[2]

Meachen died in 1970 and was buried at Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim.[3]


  1. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 219. OCLC 154283103. 
  2. ^ "No. 44602". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 1968. p. 6340. 
  3. ^ "Cemetery records search". Marlborough District Council. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Edward Healy
Member of Parliament for Wairau
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Marlborough
Succeeded by
Tom Shand