Robert Houston (New Zealand politician)
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Bay of Islands
|Preceded by||Richard Hobbs|
|Succeeded by||Vernon Reed|
County Down, Ireland
|Died||27 September 1912
Mangonui, New Zealand
Robert Morrow Houston (1842 – 27 September 1912) was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|1890–1893||11th||Bay of Islands||Liberal|
|1893–1896||12th||Bay of Islands||Liberal|
|1896–1899||13th||Bay of Islands||Liberal|
|1899–1902||14th||Bay of Islands||Liberal|
|1902–1905||15th||Bay of Islands||Liberal|
|1905–1908||16th||Bay of Islands||Liberal|
Houston was born in 1842 in County Down, Ireland. His father was Rev. T. Houston, DD. He received his education at Belfast Academy and Queen's College, Belfast. He emigrated to New Zealand on the Canterbury, arriving in Lyttelton on 10 January 1864. Later that year, he went to Auckland and then worked as a school teacher in Whangarei and Otara. After that, he became a storekeeper in Mangonui.
In 1870, he married Christina Robertson "Tina" Stewart of Auckland. Their son, Andrew Stewart Houston (born 1879), served in the Second Boer War. Another son, Harold Edward Houston (born 1885), died in action in France in 1916.
He was elected to the Bay of Islands electorate in the 1890 general election, and he represented the seat to 1908, when he retired. In the 1890 election, he contested the electorate against James Trounsen, John Lundon and Joseph Dargaville. Houston, Trounsen, Lundon, and Dargaville received 465, 454, 385 and 352 votes, respectively. He chaired the Native Affairs Committee for 15 years and stepped back from that role in 1906 for health reasons. Whilst he was a strong supporter of Richard Seddon, he was of the conservative end of the liberal spectrum and caused his party whips quite a bit of trouble over the years.
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- "Harold Edward Houston". New Zealand War Graves Project. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 206. OCLC 154283103.
- "The General Election, 1890". National Library. 1891. p. 1. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
- "Across the Straight". The Marlborough Express. XLVI (233). 1 October 1912. p. 2. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- "Personal Items". Dominion. 6 (1559). 1 October 1912. p. 4. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Bay of Islands