Joseph Dargaville

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Joseph Dargaville in 1882

Joseph McMullen Dargaville (1837 – 27 October 1896) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament from Auckland, New Zealand.

Early life[edit]

Joseph McMullen Dargaville was born in Cork, Ireland, the son of Anderson Dargaville, a physician, and his wife, Eliza McMullen. He was descended from Huguenots, who had fled to Ireland to escape persecution. He was baptised on 27 June 1837 and presumed to have been born earlier that same year. He attended Fermoy College.[1]

Business career[edit]

Dargaville emigrated with his brothers to Victoria. In early 1859 he relocated again, this time to Sydney, where he obtained a clerking job with Union Bank of Australia at a salary of £100 per annum. From 1860-66 he worked in several branches of the bank in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.[1]


On 20 April 1865 at Portland, Victoria, he wed Anne Must; the couple had at least six children.[1]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1881–1884 8th Auckland West Independent
1884–1887 9th Auckland West Independent

Dargaville would represent Auckland East on the Auckland Provincial Council from 1873-76.[1] He represented the Auckland West electorate from 1881 to 1887.[2]

In the 1887 election, he stood in the Marsden electorate and was defeated by Robert Thompson (955 to 550 votes).[3]

In the 1890 election election, he stood in the Bay of Islands electorate against three others (Robert Houston, James Trounsen, and John Lundon) and came last.[4]

He contested the Bay of Islands electorate again in the 1893 election against two others (Houston and Trownson) and again came last.[5] He founded the Northland town of Dargaville, named for him. He was a prominent businessman and timber merchant there.[1]


Dargaville was on a return visit from England when he died aboard the Mariposa on 27 October 1896, and was buried at sea.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mogford, Janice C. (22 June 2007). "Dargaville, Joseph McMullen". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington, NZ: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 192. OCLC 154283103. 
  3. ^ "The General Election, 1887". National Library. 1887. pp. 1–4. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "The General Election, 1890". National Library. 1891. pp. 1–3. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "The General Election, 1893". National Library. 1894. pp. 1–4. Retrieved 25 February 2012.