Frederick Schramm

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The Honourable
Frederick Schramm
Frederick Schramm, 1935.jpg
11th Speaker of the House of Representatives
In office
25 September 1943 – 12 October 1946
Prime Minister Peter Fraser
Preceded by Bill Barnard
Succeeded by Robert McKeen
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Auckland East
In office
2 December – 12 October 1946
Preceded by James Donald
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born 28 March 1886
Hokitika, New Zealand
Died 28 October 1962
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Labour

Frederick William (Bill) Schramm (28 March 1886 – 28 October 1962) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party. He was the eleventh Speaker of the House of Representatives, from 1944 to 1946.

Early life[edit]

Schramm was born in Hokitika in 1886. His Danish parents had arrived in New Zealand in the 1860s.[1] He received his education at Hokitika High School and at Canterbury College.[2] He was a prominent sports person in his younger years in athletics, cricket, and hockey,[3] and represented Canterbury College in the New Zealand University championships for two years.[4]

He married Alice Amelia Peard in 1918; they had two daughters. Schramm started his professional career as a clerk with the Justice Department and held positions in Wanganui and Te Kuiti before World War I, and Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland after the war.[3] He was a solicitor and barrister for the last nine years before his election to Parliament.[1]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1931–1935 24th Auckland East Labour
1935–1938 25th Auckland East Labour
1938–1943 26th Auckland East Labour
1943–1946 27th Auckland East Labour

In the 1928 election, he contested the Hamilton electorate but came third.[5] He was the Member of Parliament for Auckland East from 1931 to 1946; when he was defeated for the new electorate of Parnell.[6] Originally an ally of John A. Lee, they fell out and Schramm moved for Lee's expulsion at the 1940 Labour conference. Lee supported the National candidate Duncan Rae who defeated Schramm in the Parnell electorate in 1946.

Schramm was a member of the Auckland University College Council until his resignation in 1942.[7]

Awards and death[edit]

In 1935, Schramm was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[8]

He died in Auckland in 1962[6] and was buried at Purewa Cemetery.[9]


  1. ^ a b "New Members". The Press. LXVII (20410). 3 December 1931. p. 14. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "New Members". Auckland Star. LXII (286). 3 December 1931. p. 11. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Biographies of Former and Current Speakers of the New Zealand House of Representatives" (PDF). New Zealand Parliament. p. 5. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mr. Schramm the new Speaker". Auckland Star. LXXIV (255). 27 October 1943. p. 4. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  5. ^ The General Election, 1928. Government Printer. 1929. p. 3. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 233. OCLC 154283103. 
  7. ^ "University Election". The New Zealand Herald. 79 (24236). 30 March 1942. p. 4. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Burial details". Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  • Who’s Who in New Zealand, 4th Edition 1941
  • New Zealand Herald 1962, 29 October (obituary), 30 October (death notice)
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Barnard
Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Robert McKeen
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
James Donald
Member of Parliament for Auckland East
Constituency abolished