Fred Jones (politician)

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Fred Jones
Fred Jones 1935.jpg
19th Minister of Defence
In office
6 December 1935 – 13 December 1949
Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage
Peter Fraser
Preceded by John Cobbe
Succeeded by Tom Macdonald
Personal details
Born c.1885
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died 1966
Profession Cobbler

Frederick (Fred) Jones (c.1885–1966) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament and the Defence Minister during World War II.


Early life[edit]

Prior to entering Parliament, Jones was a bootmaker and trade unionist.

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1931–1935 24th Dunedin South Labour
1935–1938 25th Dunedin South Labour
1938–1943 26th Dunedin South Labour
1943–1946 27th Dunedin South Labour
1946–1949 28th St Kilda Labour
1949–1951 29th St Kilda Labour

Fred Jones was the Member of Parliament for two Dunedin electorates: Dunedin South from 1931 to 1946, and then St Kilda from 1946 to 1951 when he was defeated, and was also defeated in 1954.[1]

He was Minister of Defence from 1935 to 1949, and Postmaster-General between 1935 and 1940 in the First Labour Government.[2]

He was a member of the Dunedin City Council (1933–1937; 1950–1958), and was Deputy Mayor of Dunedin 1935–1937 and 1953–1956. Jones had previously contested the Mayoralty as the Labour candidate in 1928 unsuccessfully.[3]

Later in life, he was the High Commissioner to Australia 1958–1960.


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 209.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 82–85.
  3. ^ Gustafson 1986, pp. 284.


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