Frederick Fitchett

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Frederick Fitchett
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Dunedin Central
In office
Preceded by Thomas Bracken
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Solicitor-General of New Zealand
In office
Preceded by Walter Scott Reid
Succeeded by John Salmond
New Zealand Public Trustee
In office
Preceded by Joseph William Poynton[1]
Succeeded by Robert Triggs[2]
Personal details
Born 1851
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Died (aged 79)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Lina Valerie Blain (m. 1890)
Profession Barrister

Frederick Fitchett CMG (1851 – 5 October 1930) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament from Dunedin, New Zealand.

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1887–1890 10th Dunedin Central Independent

Born in 1851 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England,[3] Fitchett was educated at the University of Melbourne and Canterbury University College, Christchurch, graduating Bachelor of Arts in 1879 and Master of Arts in 1880.[4][5] He was admitted to the Bar the following year, and began practising law in Dunedin. In 1887 he was conferred with an LLD from Canterbury.[5]

Fitchett represented the Dunedin Central electorate from 1887 to 1890, when he retired.[6] In 1890 Fitchett visited London, where he married Lina Valerie Blain at St Simon's Church, Cadogan Square, on 16 April.[7] The couple had one son.[3]

In 1895 Fitchett was appointed as the parliamentary draughtsman and assistant Crown law officer.[4] He served as solicitor-general from 1901 to 1910,[1] and represented New Zealand at the 1907 conference of French, British and colonial representatives that considered the New Hebrides question.[4] He was appointed public trustee in 1910,[1] and remained in that role until his retirement in 1917.[1][8] In the 1911 Coronation Honours Fitchett was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.[9]

Fitchett was a member of the senate of the University of New Zealand from 1883 until 1915.[1][4] He died in Auckland on 5 October 1930,[10] and his ashes were buried at Waikumete Cemetery.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e "The public service: some important changes". The Press. 1 February 1910. p. 8. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "New department heads". Evening Post. 26 September 1917. p. 8. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Crown law office". Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Wellington Provincial District). Wellington: Cyclopedia Company. 1897. p. 136. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Dr Frederick Fitchett". Otago Daily Times. 6 October 1930. p. 8. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: F". Shadows of Time. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840-1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 196. OCLC 154283103. 
  7. ^ "Our London letter". "Evening Star. 28 May 1890. p. 2. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "The public trustee". Southland Times. 1 October 1917. p. 5. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "(Supplement) no. 28505". The London Gazette. 19 June 1911. p. 4594. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Deaths". New Zealand Herald. 6 October 1930. p. 1. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Cemetery search details". Auckland Council. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Thomas Bracken
Member of Parliament for Dunedin Central
In abeyance
Title next held by
John A. Millar