Mark Fagan

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The Honourable
Mark Fagan
16th Speaker of the Legislative Council
In office
Preceded by Walter Carncross
Succeeded by Bernard Martin
Personal details
Born (1873-11-17)17 November 1873
Gaffneys Creek, Victoria, Australia
Died 31 December 1947(1947-12-31) (aged 74)
Petone, Wellington, New Zealand
Political party Labour Party

Mark Anthony Fagan (17 November 1873 – 31 December 1947) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party and a union secretary.


Fagan was born at Gaffneys Creek, Victoria, Australia in 1873, and came to New Zealand about 1900 after several years in Australian mining towns. In the West Coast mining community he was the "voice of thoughtful militancy in the 'Red' federation" of Labour.[1]

He stood several times for Labour (e.g. Motueka, 1925) but was not elected, although he was on Labour’s National Executive from 1930.[1]

On 11 June 1930 he was appointed to the Legislative Council by the United Government, and at the end of each seven year term, he was reappointed twice.[2] He was reappointed by the United/Reform Coalition on 11 June 1935, and was reappointed by the First Labour Government on 11 June 1944. He was Speaker from 18 July 1939 until his death.[3] He was a Minister without portfolio in the first Labour Government from 6 December 1935 until 18 July 1939,[4] and was acting Minister of Customs in 1939 when Walter Nash was overseas.[1]

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[5]

His wife Monica died in 1932, being survived by three daughters.[6] He died in Petone, Wellington on 31 December 1947.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Richardson, Len. "Fagan, Mark Anthony - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 76.
  3. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 88.
  4. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 49.
  5. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Monica FAGAN (1873-1932)" (PDF). Hutt Valley Biographical Index and Genealogies website. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 


  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Carncross
Speaker of the New Zealand Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Bernard Martin