John Shera

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John Shera
John Shera.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for City of Auckland
In office
Personal details
Born 1840
Died 19 September 1906
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Jemima Balneavis

John McEffer Shera (1840 – 19 September 1906) was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament in Auckland, New Zealand.


Early life[edit]

Shera was born in Ireland in 1840.[1] He sailed to Australia in 1867 before continuing on to New Zealand a year later. He landed in Auckland and found work as a share broker.[1] He married a daughter of Henry Balneavis, Jemima Balneavis, at St. Paul's Church in April 1873.[2] His wife was part-Māori and Shera ensured that Māori women were included in the electoral reform bill that granted women's suffrage.[3]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1890–1893 11th City of Auckland Liberal

Shera represented the City of Auckland multi-member electorate from 1890 to 1893, when he was defeated.[4] He had previously stood unsuccessfully in 1887 for the Auckland West electorate.[5]

Later life and death[edit]

Shera died on 19 September 1906 at his residence in Remuera, Auckland.[6]


  1. ^ a b Hamer 1988, p. 366.
  2. ^ "Untitled". Auckland Star. IV (1013). 17 April 1873. p. 2. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Binney, Judith, ed. (1968). The Shaping of History: Essays from the New Zealand Journal of History. Bridget Williams Books. p. xiii. 
  4. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 234. OCLC 154283103. 
  5. ^ "The General Election, 1887". National Library. 1887. pp. 1–4. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Death of Mr J M Shera". Auckland Star. XXXVII (225). 20 September 1906. p. 5. Retrieved 24 June 2012.