Jackson Palmer

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Palmer in 1902.

Jackson Palmer (1867 – 13 August 1919) was the Member of Parliament for Waitemata and Ohinemuri, in the North Island of New Zealand.

Early life[edit]

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Palmer came to New Zealand as an infant. He was educated at Auckland Grammar School and was a lawyer at Paeroa.[1] Later, Jackson Palmer was chief judge of the Native Land Court.[2]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1890–1893 11th Waitemata Independent Liberal
1899–1902 14th Ohinemuri Independent Liberal

Jackson Palmer represented the Waitemata (1890–1893) and Ohinemuri (1899–1902) electorates in the New Zealand House of Representatives.[3] In-between he unsuccessfully contested a by-election for the Waitemata seat in 1894, which was won by future Prime Minister William Massey.[4]

For his entire political career Palmer was an Independent Liberal.[5] He declined the Premier John Ballance's invitation to join the Council of the Liberal Federation in 1891.[6]

Palmer died in Wellington on 13 August 1919,[7] and was buried at Karori Cemetery.[8]


  1. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1902). "Paeroa". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Auckland Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. p. 838. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Edited by G.H. Scholefield, Vol. 2, page 146, 1940, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington
  3. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 225. OCLC 154283103. 
  4. ^ "Waitemata Election". Thames Adviser. XXVI (7794). 13 April 1894. p. 2. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  5. ^ NZPD, Vol. 70, pp.29-30, 28 January 1891; Wilson, p.225 & Hamer, p.365
  6. ^ Palmer's letter to John Ballance, Ballance Papers, Folder 12, 23 November 1891
  7. ^ "Deaths". The Dominion. 16 August 1919. p. 1. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Cemeteries search". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 


New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Richard Monk
Member of Parliament for Waitemata
Succeeded by
Richard Monk
Preceded by
Alfred Cadman
Member of Parliament for Ohinemuri
Succeeded by
Edward Moss