|The Honourable Dr
|Henry Thacker in 1918|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Christchurch East
1914 – 1922
|Preceded by||Thomas Davey|
|Succeeded by||Tim Armstrong|
|32nd Mayor of Christchurch|
|Preceded by||Henry Holland|
|Succeeded by||James Arthur Flesher|
20 March 1870|
Okains Bay, New Zealand
|Died||3 May 1939(aged 69)|
Thacker was born in Okains Bay on Banks Peninsula on 20 March 1870. His parents were Essy Joynt and John Edward Thacker. His father was an editor of the Sligo Guardian and after emigration to Christchurch in 1850, launched the second newspaper in Canterbury, the Guardian and Canterbury Advertiser. The newspaper failed after only a few months.
Henry Thacker attended Boys' High School and then Canterbury College (what is now known as the University of Canterbury), from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He then enrolled at Edinburgh University where he gained his M.B. and C.M. diplomas in 1895. Two years later he gained a fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin.
Return to New Zealand
Thacker returned to Christchurch in 1898 and opened a practice in Latimer Square. He represented Canterbury in rugby union in 1889 and 1891 and assisted in the development of Richard Arnst. From 1899 he held the rank of Captain in the Army Medical Corps.
Thacker was the first president of the Canterbury Rugby Football League when the organisation began holding competitions in 1913. He served in this position from 1912 until 1929 and became a life member in 1920. Thacker also donated the Thacker Shield in 1913. He was the manager of the New Zealand side during their tour of Australia in 1913.
Thacker was a member of the Christchurch Hospital Board (1907–1922), Lyttelton Harbour Board (1907–1922), Christchurch City Council (1929–1931) and Mayor of Christchurch between 1919 and 1923. The 1919 mayoral election was contested by Thacker, John Joseph Dougall (Mayor of Christchurch 1911–1912) and James McCombs (MP for Lyttelton).
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Thacker contested the 1908 and 1911 general elections without success in the Lyttelton and Christchurch East electorates, respectively. He then contesting the Lyttelton by-election in 1913 as an independent Liberal, coming fourth with 5% of the vote in the first ballot.
Thacker was a member of the Liberal Party and represented the Christchurch East electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives from 1914. He was re-elected in 1919 but was defeated in 1922 by Tim Armstrong from the Labour Party.
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- Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
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- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
- Wood, G. Anthony, ed. (1996). Ministers and Members: In the New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: Otago University Press.
- "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Christchurch East
|Mayor of Christchurch
James Arthur Flesher