George Armstrong (New Zealand politician)

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George Armstrong (1822 – 1 September 1905) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Biography[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1866–1870 4th Akaroa Independent

He was born in St John's, Nova Scotia and first visited Banks Peninsula in command of a trading brig in the 1840s. He was in charge of the schooner Edwin Stanley during the New Zealand Wars, and was court-martialled for taking his vessel to the rescue of a settler attacked by Māori while carrying stores for troops at Wanganui. He settled in Akaroa on Banks Peninsula.[1]

He represented the Akaroa electorate on the Canterbury Provincial Council from 1861 to 1862, and the Wainui electorate from 1862 to 1863.[2]

He represented the Akaroa electorate in Parliament from 1866 to 1870 when he retired.[3] He stood for Parliament again in the 1887 election.[4] Of the six candidates, he came third.[5]

His son George Armstrong (1853–1932) was on the Akaroa Borough Council for 50 years from 1879, including nearly 30 years as mayor.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Scholefield, Guy, ed. (1940). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : A–L (PDF). I. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. pp. 18f. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 192. 
  3. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 180. OCLC 154283103. 
  4. ^ "The Nomination". Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser. XIV (1166). 20 September 1887. p. 2. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Official Declaration of the Poll". Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser. XIV (1169). 30 September 1887. p. 2. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Lancelot Walker
Member of Parliament for Akaroa
1866–1870
Succeeded by
Robert Heaton Rhodes