Harry Dudfield

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Harry Dudfield (12 May 1912 – 19 July 1987) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.

Biography[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1951–1954 30th Gisborne National

Dudfield was born in Gisborne in 1912. He worked for A. and T. Burt until World War II, when he became a soldier and served in the Middle East, Italy and the Pacific. After the war, he worked for the Department of Health, first in Auckland and then in Tokomaru Bay. As a New Zealand Army Captain with Kayforce, he led an advance party to the Korean War, but was withdrawn to context the 1951 snap election for the Gisborne electorate.[1]

He won the Gisborne electorate from Labour's Reginald Keeling in the 1951 election, but lost to Keeling in the next election in 1954.[2] He told Parliament in 1952 that he doubted Communist claims that United Nations forces were using germ warfare in Korea.[3]

After his time in Parliament, he worked as a health inspector in Rotorua and then in Tawa.[1] In 1955, he married Mona Lindsay at the Presbyterian Church in St Albans, Christchurch.[4] Dudfield died on 19 July 1987 in Tawa,[5] and his wife died on 14 November 2010.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gustafson 1986, p. 308.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 194, 209.
  3. ^ Dominion, 10 July 1952
  4. ^ "Untitled". Gisborne Photo News. 30 June 1955. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cremation Details". Porirua City Council. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mona Dudfield". Tributes Online Ltd. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 

References[edit]

  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.