William Burgoyne Taverner

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Taverner in 1928.

William Burgoyne Taverner OBE (16 August 1879 – 17 July 1958) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament for the United Party, and Mayor of Dunedin.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1928–1931 23rd Dunedin South United

Taverner represented the Dunedin electorate of Dunedin South from 1928 to 1931 for the United Party,[1] when he was defeated by Fred Jones.[2]

Under Joseph Ward, he was Minister of Railways (1928–1930), Minister of Customs (1928–1929), and Commissioner of State Forests (1928–1930).[3] Under George Forbes, he was Minister of Public Works (1930–1931), and Minister of Transport (1930–1931).[4]

Mayor and City Councillor[edit]

Taverner was one of Dunedin's longest serving City Councillors and was the Mayor of Dunedin from 1927 to 1929.[5] In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[6] He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1953 New Year Honours, for services to the community.[7][8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Otago Seats". The Evening Post. CVI (101). 8 November 1928. p. 9. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 209, 239.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 80.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 81.
  5. ^ Thomson 1998, p. 497.
  6. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 239.
  8. ^ "No. 39735". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1953. p. 44. 

References[edit]

  • Thomson, Jane (1998). Southern People: A Dictionary of Otago and Southland Biography. Dunedin: Dunedin City Council. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Gordon Coates
Minister of Railways
1928–1930
Succeeded by
Bill Veitch
Preceded by
Harold Livingstone Tapley
Mayor of Dunedin
1927–1929
Succeeded by
Robert Black
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Thomas Sidey
Member of Parliament for Dunedin South
1928–1931
Succeeded by
Fred Jones