Jeremiah Connolly

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Jeremiah Connolly (1875 – 2 October 1935) was an Independent Liberal Member of Parliament for Mid-Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand.

Early life[edit]

Connolly was born in Geraldine in 1875 and educated at Hilton School. He was a farmer. In 1902 Connolly purchased the Raukapuka Estate, which he sold in 1919. He then acquired the Langley Estate at Rakaia.

During World War I Connolly was a member of the National Efficiency Board (1917–18) and of various patriotic societies.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1931–1935 24th Mid-Canterbury Independent Liberal

Connolly stood as an Independent Coalition Liberal in support of the United/Reform Coalition in the 1931 election and was successful.[2] He represented the Mid-Canterbury electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives until his death in 1935.

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[3]


He collapsed and died in a taxi-cab in Wellington, when going from Parliament to his hotel. He was stated to have had heart problems.[4]


  1. ^ A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, edited by G.H. Scholefield, Volume 1 page 172, 1940, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.
  2. ^ See Wilson (Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. ). But Wood (Wood, G. Anthony, ed. (1996). Ministers and Members: In the New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: Otago University Press. p. 88. ) described Connolly as a 'Liberal', and Dick Habershon (Habershon, Richard G. (1958), A Study in Politics: 1928-31 [M.A. - University of Auckland]  [Appendix p.xx]) noted him as United in 1928; and as a 'Liberal Coalitionist' in 1931.
  3. ^ "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mr. J. Connolly, MP". The Evening Post. CXX (82). 3 October 1935. p. 11. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Our people: Laetitia Lucy and Jeremiah Connolly", Ashburton Guardian, 15 November 2006  p.7.
  • Habershon, Richard G. (1958), A Study in Politics: 1928-31 [M.A. - University of Auckland] 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985), The New Zealand Parliamentary Record: 1840–1984 (4th ed.), Wellington, [N.Z.]: Government Printer 
  • Wood, G. Antony, ed. (1996), Ministers and Members: In the New Zealand Parliament, Dunedin, [N.Z.]: Otago University Press, ISBN 1-877133-00-0 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
David Jones
Member of Parliament for Mid-Canterbury
Succeeded by
Horace Herring