William Goosman

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Sir William Stanley Goosman KCMG (2 July 1890 – 10 June 1969) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.

Biography[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1938–1943 26th Waikato National
1943–1946 27th Waikato National
1946–1949 28th Piako National
1949–1951 29th Piako National
1951–1954 30th Piako National
1954–1957 31st Waipa National
1957–1960 32nd Piako National
1960–1963 33rd Piako National

Goosman was born in 1890 at Auckland. William Massey was his uncle. He received his education at Mangere and at the age of 13, he started work on a dairy farm. At age 17, he went to Gisborne and worked in the bush. During the Great Depression, he started a transport business, which grew into a large company.[1]

He was the Member of Parliament for Waikato 1938–1946, Piako 1946–1954, Waipa 1954–1957, then Piako again 1957–1963, when he retired.[2]

He was the Minister of Works[3] and Minister of Railways in the First National Government from 1949 to 1954.[4] In those roles he decided to drop proposals to improve Auckland's rail network and instead focus on motorway building.[5] He was made a KCMG in 1965.[2]

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References[edit]

  • 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. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Semple
Minister of Railways
1949–1954
Succeeded by
John McAlpine
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Robert Coulter
Member of Parliament for Waikato
1938–1946
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Sim
New constituency Member of Parliament for Piako
1946–1954
1957–1963
Vacant
Constituency abolished, recreated in 1957
Title next held by
William Goosman
Vacant
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1954
Title last held by
William Goosman
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Sim
Vacant
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1896
Title last held by
Frederic Lang
Member of Parliament for Waipa
1954–1957
Succeeded by
Hallyburton Johnstone