John Mathison

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John Mathison in 1958.
Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1947–1949 28th Avon Labour
1949–1951 29th Avon Labour
1951–1954 30th Avon Labour
1954–1957 31st Avon Labour
1957–1960 32nd Avon Labour
1960–1963 33rd Avon Labour
1963–1966 34th Avon Labour
1966–1969 35th Avon Labour
1969–1972 36th Avon Labour

John "Jock" Mathison OBE (29 September 1901 – 12 October 1982) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party. He was a cabinet minister from 1957 to 1960 in the Second Labour Government.[1] John Mathison served as Minister of Island Territories.[2]

He was born in Peebles, Scotland, and emigrated to New Zealand in 1925. Originally a woollen worker (spinner), he joined the Christchurch Tramways in 1926, and later New Zealand Newspapers (publishers of the Christchurch Star-Sun). He was the president of the Tramways Union 1928–1932, and later Chairman of the Tramways Board. He was on the Christchurch City Council 1933–1958.

He unsuccessfully stood for the Hurunui electorate in 1946. He represented the Christchurch electorate of Avon from a by-election in 1947 to 1972, when he retired.[1]

He was appointed an OBE in 1973, for services to politics.[3]


  1. ^ a b Wilson 1985.
  2. ^ New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, Vols 318-326 (1958-1960).
  3. ^ "(Supplement) no. 45861". The London Gazette. 29 December 1972. p. 34. 


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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Dan Sullivan
Member of Parliament for Avon
Succeeded by
Mary Batchelor