Edwin Mitchelson

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The Honourable
Sir Edwin Mitchelson
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15th Minister of Native Affairs
In office
11 October 1887 – 24 January 1891
Prime Minister Harry Atkinson
Preceded by John Ballance
Succeeded by John Ballance
19th Mayor of Auckland City
In office
Preceded by Alfred Kidd
Succeeded by Arthur Myers
Personal details
Born (1846-04-07)7 April 1846
Auckland, New Zealand
Died 11 April 1934(1934-04-11) (aged 88)
Auckland, New Zealand

Sir Edwin Mitchelson KCMG (7 April 1846 – 11 April 1934) was a New Zealand politician and timber merchant.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1881–1884 8th Marsden Independent
1884–1887 9th Marsden Independent
1887–1890 10th Eden Independent
1890–1893 11th Eden Independent
1893–1896 12th Eden Independent

He was a cabinet minister from 1883 to 1884 and 1887 to 1880 as Minister of Public Works.[1] From 1887 to 1891 he was Minister of Māori Affairs (called Native Affairs), and from 1889 to 1891 he was Minister of Telegraphs and Postmaster-General.[2]

He represented the Marsden electorate from 1881 to 1887, then Eden from 1887 to 1896, when he was defeated (for the City of Auckland electorate).[3]

Later years[edit]

Mitchelson was the Mayor of Auckland City from 1903 to 1905,[4] and a member of the Legislative Council from 1920 until his death on 11 April 1934.[5] He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1920.[4]



  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
William Colbeck
Member of Parliament for Marsden
Succeeded by
Robert Thompson
Preceded by
Joseph Tole
Member of Parliament for Eden
Succeeded by
John Bollard
Political offices
Preceded by
Alfred Kidd
Mayor of Auckland City
Succeeded by
Arthur Myers