Thomas Bloodworth (New Zealand politician)

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The Honourable
Thomas Bloodworth
OBE
Thomas Bloodworth.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Legislative Council
In office
22 June 1934 – 31 December 1950
Nominated by George Forbes
Personal details
Born (1882-02-10)10 February 1882
Maxey, Northamptonshire, England
Died 11 May 1974(1974-05-11) (aged 92)
Remuera, New Zealand
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Rhoda Bloodworth
Children 1
Profession Carpenter

Thomas Bloodworth OBE (10 February 1882 – 11 May 1974) was a New Zealand politician. He was a Member of the Legislative Council and its last Chairman of Committees.

Political career[edit]

Born in Maxey, Northamptonshire in 1882,[1] Bloodworth was a member of the British Independent Labour Party and came to New Zealand in 1907. He joined the Auckland Socialist Party in 1910 and was Secretary of the Auckland Carpenters' Union (1914–1936). Bloodworth helped found the Auckland WEA (Workers' Educational Association) and was Auckland Vice-President of the Land Values League.

He stood as the NZLP candidate for Parnell in 1919 and again at the 1930 by-election. Bloodworth was an Auckland City Councillor for a total of 33 years: 1919–1927 and 1928–1931 (Labour); 1931–1938 (Independent); and 1953–1968 (Citizens and Ratepayers). He was also a member of the Auckland Electric Power Board and Chairman of the Auckland Harbour Board. Bloodworth broke with the New Zealand Labour Party in the 1950s. He was a member of the New Zealand Legislative Council for three terms over 16 years from 22 June 1934 to its abolition in 1950.[2] He was the Council's last Chairman of Committees between 5 July and 31 December 1950.[3]

In 1935, Bloodworth was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[4] He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to local government in the 1966 Queen's Birthday Honours.[5]

He died in 1974.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, Graham W.A. "Thomas Bloodworth". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 150.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 169.
  4. ^ "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "No. 44006". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 1966. p. 6572. 

References[edit]

  • Labour's Path to Political Independence: the Origins and Establishment of the NZLP 1900-19 p154 by Barry Gustafson (1980, Oxford University Press, Auckland)
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Connelly
Chairman of Committees of the Legislative Council
1950
Legislative Council abolished