Gerard Wall

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The Honourable
Sir Gerard Wall
FRCS
21st Speaker of the House of Representatives
In office
1985–1987
Prime Minister David Lange
Preceded by Sir Basil Arthur
Succeeded by Kerry Burke
Personal details
Born (1920-01-24)24 January 1920
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 1992 (aged 71–72)
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Labour
Profession Doctor

Sir Gerard Aloysius Wall (24 January 1920 – 22 November 1992) was a surgeon and a politician in New Zealand. He was Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives from 1985 to 1987. He was a member of the Labour Party.

Biography[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1969–1972 36th Porirua Labour
1972–1975 37th Porirua Labour
1975–1978 38th Porirua Labour
1978–1981 39th Porirua Labour
1981–1984 40th Porirua Labour
1984–1987 41st Porirua Labour

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1920, he was the son of Edmund Wall.[1] He was educated at St Bede's College, then Canterbury and Otago University graduating with an MBChB. After graduation he worked as a House Surgeon in Christchurch and as a general practitioner in Denniston on the West Coast.[2]

He married Uru Raupo Cameron in 1951, a nurse from Northland.[3] They had two sons and three daughters.[1]

He went to Britain and qualified as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, specialising in orthopaedic and plastic surgery. On return to New Zealand he became Medical Superintendent of Wairau Hospital, Blenheim from 1960 until 1969.[2]

While in Blenheim, he first stood for Parliament in the 1966 election against the incumbent Tom Shand of the National Party in the Marlborough electorate, but was unsuccessful.[3] The family moved to Porirua, where he successfully contested the Porirua electorate in the 1969 election for the Labour Party.[4] He was elected as Speaker following Sir Basil Arthur's death in 1985 and served in this role until 1987.[2] He was replaced in the Porirua electorate by Graham Kelly.

He retired in 1987 and was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the same year. He died in 1992.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Traue, James Edward, ed. (1978). Who's Who in New Zealand (11th ed.). Wellington: Reed. p. 279. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Biographies of Former and Current Speakers of the New Zealand House of Representatives" (PDF). New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "A Doctor Carries the Banner Into Parliament". The Life Resources Charitable Trust. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 243. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Henry May
Member of Parliament for Porirua
1969–1987
Succeeded by
Graham Kelly
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Basil Arthur
Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
1985–1987
Succeeded by
Kerry Burke