James Bonar (politician)

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James Alexander Bonar (12 June 1840 – 7 November 1901) was a New Zealand merchant, shipping agent, company director and politician. He was born in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland on 12 June 1840.[1] He was a member of the Westland County Council during the whole time of its existence, and was the county council's second chairman.[2] He was the first Mayor of Hokitika, represented Hokitika on the Canterbury Provincial Council, a member of the Legislative Council (27 June 1868 – 7 November 1901), and the only Superintendent of Westland Province.[1]


  1. ^ a b Minehan, Francis. "James Alexander Bonar". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 
  2. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. pp. 241f.