John H. Boyes

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John H. Boyes
Public Service Commissioner
In office
Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage, Peter Fraser
Preceded by Thomas Mark
Succeeded by Richard M. Campbell CMG

John Henry Boyes CMG (6 March 1886 – 1 July 1958) was the fifth Public Service Commissioner in New Zealand.

He was chairman of the Social Security Commission, in between his terms as Public Service Commissioner (1936-38 & 1941-46). In 1936 the Labour government would have preferred Boyes to Thomas Mark as Public Service Commissioner, so appointed Boyes and Mark as Joint Commissioners. There was an awkward two years, before Boyes was appointed to establish the new Social Security Department.

Boyes was born in Auckland. In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[1] He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1946 New Year Honours.[2]

He died in 1958 and was buried at Purewa Cemetery in Auckland.[3]


  1. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "No. 37410". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1946. p. 157. 
  3. ^ "Burial & cremation details". Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

Henderson, Alan. The Quest for Efficiency:The Origins of the State Services Commission. ISBN 0-477-05538-9. 

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