Joseph May (politician)

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New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1874–1875 5th Franklin Independent

Joseph May (1816–1890) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament from the Auckland Region in New Zealand.

May was first elected to Auckland Provincial Council for the Mongonui electorate in October 1855, where he served until August 1857. He then represented the Southern Division electorate from November 1859 to September 1861. He then stood in the Raglan electorate and represented it from November 1861 to April 1864, and again from November 1865 to October 1867, and for a third period from December 1869 to October 1873. From October 1874 until the abolition of provincial government on 31 October 1876, he represented the Eden electorate.[1]

From January to November 1856, he was a member of the Auckland Executive Council. He was again appointed to the Executive Council in December 1862, and he served until he and fellow executive councillor William Daldy were on 8 April 1864 replaced by John Anderson Gilfillan and Samuel Jackson.[2][3] May was appointed to the Executive Council for a third period from December 1869 to December 1870.[2] From June 1870, he was the 7th and last Deputy-Superintendent of Auckland Province.[4]

He represented the Franklin electorate in Parliament from 9 April 1874 to 6 December 1875, when he was defeated.[5]


  1. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 185.
  2. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 181.
  3. ^ "The Provincial Executive". Daily Southern Cross. XX (2115). 30 April 1864. p. 14. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 180.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 219.


  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Archibald Clark
Member of Parliament for Franklin
Served alongside: William Thorne Buckland
Succeeded by
Hugh Lusk,
Ebenezer Hamlin