Tom Shand

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Thomas Philip (Tom) Shand (16 April 1911 – 11 December 1969) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1946–1949 28th Marlborough National
1949–1951 29th Marlborough National
1951–1954 30th Marlborough National
1954–1957 31st Marlborough National
1957–1960 32nd Marlborough National
1960–1963 33rd Marlborough National
1963–1966 34th Marlborough National
1966–1969 35th Marlborough National
1969 36th Marlborough National

Shand was born in 1911 in Oamaru. He received his education at Christ's College, the University of Canterbury and the Canterbury Agricultural College.[1]

On 8 February 1937 he married the medical doctor Claudia Lillian Weston. Her father, Claude Weston, was the first president of the National Party.[2]

He first stood for Parliament in 1943 against the incumbent Labour representative in the Marlborough electorate, Edwin Meachen, and was unsuccessful.[1] At the next election in 1946, he was successful and held the Marlborough electorate until 1969, when he died.[3]

He was a cabinet minister; Postmaster-General (1954–1957), Minister of Labour (1960–1969), Minister of Immigration (1960–1969), and Minister of Mines (1960–1969), and Minister of Electricity (1963–1969).[4]

Shand died on 11 December 1969,[1] just twelve days after being re-elected in that year's general election.

In the 1970 by-election to replace him, his son Anthony Shand stood as the National candidate to replace him, but was defeated in the greatest swing against a government since the 1935 general election.[citation needed]



  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • 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
Edwin Meachen
Member of Parliament for Marlborough
Succeeded by
Ian James Brooks