Bill Fraser (New Zealand politician)

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The Honourable
Bill Fraser
26th Minister of Defence
In office
10 September 1974 – 12 December 1975
Prime Minister Bill Rowling
Preceded by Arthur Faulkner
Succeeded by Allan McCready
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for St Kilda
In office
1957 – 1981
Preceded by Jim Barnes
Succeeded by Michael Cullen
Personal details
Born (1924-07-28)28 July 1924[1]
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died 13 January 2001(2001-01-13) (aged 76)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Political party Labour

William Alex Fraser QSO (28 July 1924 – 13 January 2001) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.


Early life and career[edit]

Fraser was born on 28 July 1924. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II. In 1947 he married his wife Dorothy, and had two children together.[2]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1957–1960 32nd St Kilda Labour
1960–1963 33rd St Kilda Labour
1963–1966 34th St Kilda Labour
1966–1969 35th St Kilda Labour
1969–1972 36th St Kilda Labour
1972–1975 37th St Kilda Labour
1975–1978 38th St Kilda Labour
1978–1981 39th St Kilda Labour

In the 1950s Fraser was a member of the Dunedin City Council.[2]

He represented the Dunedin electorate of St Kilda from 1957 to 1981, when he retired. He was Dunedin's longest-serving MP.[2]

He was a Cabinet Minister, and was Minister of Defence from 1974 to 1975 in the Third Labour Government.

Later life and death[edit]

In the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours Fraser was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services.[3] He died in Dunedin in 2001,[4] and his ashes were buried in Andersons Bay Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ Europa Publications Limited (1974). The international who's who. Europa Publications. ISBN 9780900362729. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "MP touched the lives of many". The Press. 1 February 2001. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "No. 52953". The London Gazette (Supplement). June 1992. p. 30. 
  4. ^ "Cemeteries search: cremation". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cemeteries search: ashes burial". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Faulkner
Minister of Defence
1974 – 1975
Succeeded by
Allan McCready
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
James Barnes
Member of Parliament for St Kilda
1957 – 1981
Succeeded by
Michael Cullen