James Donald (politician)

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Donald in 1928.

Sir James Bell Donald (13 October 1879 – 4 December 1971) was a United Party Member of Parliament in Auckland, New Zealand. He was a cabinet minister from 1928 to 1931 in the United Government (Postmaster-General, Minister of Telegraphs, and Minister in charge of Public Service Superannuation, Friendly Societies, and National Provident Fund Departments).[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1928–1931 23rd Auckland East United

He won the Auckland East electorate off Labour’s John A. Lee in 1928, by 37 votes.[2] According to Olsen, Lee's opponent was "a staunch anti-militarist who had been gaoled during the [Great] war".[3]

When he retired in 1931, the electorate went back to Labour.[4] In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[5] He was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to the community in the 1969 New Year Honours.[6]


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 80.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 193.
  3. ^ Olsen 1977.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 233.
  5. ^ "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44742. p. 41. 1 January 1969. Retrieved 18 January 2015.


  • Olsen, Erik (1977). John A. Lee. Dunedin: University of Otago Press. ISBN 0-908569-04-1. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John A. Lee
Member of Parliament for Auckland East
Succeeded by
Frederick Schramm