|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
1908 – 1922
|Preceded by||William Hall-Jones|
|Succeeded by||Frank Rolleston|
7 September 1851|
Coupar Angus, Perthshire, Scotland
|Died||17 August 1935
Kingsdown, South Canterbury, New Zealand
James Craigie (7 September 1851 – 17 August 1935) was Member of Parliament for the Timaru electorate in the South Island of New Zealand and a member of the New Zealand Legislative Council. He was also Chairman of the South Canterbury Health Board, Chairman of the Timaru Harbour Board, a Timaru Borough Councillor and Mayor of Timaru.
He came to New Zealand in 1867 with his parents, James and Agnes Craigie.
Craigie and his family landed in Dunedin, where he remained for several years after completing an apprenticeship as a painter and decorator.
Move to Timaru
Craigie moved to Timaru in 1873 where he started a glass and house decoration business. He also opened a large home decoration shop in Cains Terrace, Timaru. He subsequently merged his business with a Dunedin firm and it became known as Smith & Craigie. The merged business would ultimately become Smith & Smith, a company which continues to operate throughout New Zealand.
As his business success grew, Craigie purchased a large farm in Kingsdown, about 5 km south of Timaru, where he built a substantial house, Craigielea. Craigielea was subsequently destroyed by fire.
Craigie served on the South Canterbury Health Board for nine years, serving the last several years as Chairman.
He also served as Chairman of the Timaru Harbour Board for four years during which time significant progress was made in the development of the Port of Timaru.
Election to the Timaru Borough Council
Craigie served on the Timaru Borough Council
Mayor of Timaru
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Admirer of Robert Burns
Craigie was an enthusiastic admirer of Robert Burns and was at one-time regarded as New Zealand's leading authority on Burns.
Craigie was an Overseas Vice President of the Robert Burns World Federation.
In 1931, Craigie delivered a lecture to the Wellington Burns Club entitled "The Humanity of Robert Burns".
Craigie provided funds for the erection in the Timaru Botanic Gardens of a statute of Robert Burns.
James Craigie died at his home in Kingsdown on 17 August 1935. He is buried in the Craigie Family Plot in Timaru Cemetery.
Craigie was a generous benefactor to his adopted hometown of Timaru.
He provided the chimes for the Timaru Town Clock in 1913. This was initially hung in the Chief Post Office but in 1933 it was moved to the Timaru Council Building, which had been constructed during Craigie's tenure as Mayor.
Craigie provided the money for the oak trees planted in (what was to become known as) Craigie Avenue, Timaru now part of New Zealand State Highway 1.
Upon his death, Craigie donated a C.F. Goldie painting entitled "Memories" to the people of Timaru. The painting can now be seen at the Aigantighe Art Gallery in Wai-iti Road, Timaru.
His descendants planted a tree in his honour in Craigie Avenue at Easter, 1994.
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- Bassett, Michael (1982), Three Party Politics in New Zealand, 1911-1931, n.p.: Historical Publications, ISBN 0-86870-006-1
- Craigie, James (1931), The Humanity of Burns, Wellington, [N.Z.]: Wellington Burns Club
- Substance of a lecture delivered at the inaugural meeting of the Wellington Burns Club, in the Concert Chamber, Town Hall, Wellington, February 25, 1931. [from Te Puna record]. Craigie was an authority on Burns
- Hamer, David (1988), The New Zealand Liberals: the years of power, 1891-1912, Auckland, [N.Z.]: Auckland University Press, ISBN 1-86940-014-3
- A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, edited by G.H. Scholefield, Vol. 1, pp. 180–181, 1940, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington
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- Wood, G. Antony (ed.) (1996), Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament, Dunedin, [N.Z.]: Otago University Press, ISBN 1-877133-00-0
|Mayor of Timaru
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Timaru