Ossie Mazengarb

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Mazengarb in 1950
Cover page of the Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents, 1954, known as the Mazengarb Report

Oswald Chettle Mazengarb CBE QC (31 May 1890 – 27 November 1963), known as Ossie Mazengarb, was a New Zealand barrister.


Mazengarb was born in Prahran, a suburb of Melbourne, in 1890.[1]

Mazengarb wrote a few legal textbooks. Aside from his legal and judicial careers, he was also a politician, standing for the United–Reform Coalition in the 1935 election in the Wellington East electorate,[2] and for National in the 1938 election in the Wellington Suburbs electorate.[3] He was appointed in 1950 as one of the so-called suicide squad in the Legislative Council to vote for its abolition.

Alongside Alfred North, Mazengarb was appointed King's Counsel on 18 April 1947.[4][5] In the 1953 Coronation Honours, Mazengarb was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for charitable and public services, especially in the field of law.[6]

A well-known public appointment was in 1954, by the National government of the time, to chair the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents, otherwise better known as the Mazengarb Report. Mazengarb died in Wellington on 27 November 1963.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Barton, G. P. "Mazengarb, Oswald Chettle". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Election Results". The Evening Post. CXX (136). 5 December 1935. p. 5. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  3. ^ "The General Election, 1938". National Library. 1939. p. 5. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  4. ^ "King's Counsel". Otago Daily Times (26440). 19 April 1947. p. 6. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Two appointments to King's Counsel". The Northern Advocate. 19 April 1947. p. 7. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  6. ^ "No. 39866". The London Gazette (4th supplement). 1 June 1953. p. 3004.

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