William John Hurst

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Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1879–1881 7th Auckland West Independent
1881–1884 8th Waitemata Independent
1884–1886 9th Waitemata Independent

William John Hurst (c.1829 – 29 September 1886) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament in New Zealand and Mayor of Auckland.

He was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed.[1]

He represented the Auckland West electorate from the 1879 election to 1881, and then the Waitemata electorate from the 1881 election to 1886 when he died.[2]

His homestead, built in 1860, is located in 288 Hurstmere Road in Takapuna.[3]

Hurst was ill and given leave from Parliament to travel home to England via San Francisco.[1] He died in Folkestone, Kent, England in 1886, aged 57[1] years. He was survived by his wife, Mary E. Hurst.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary". Taranaki Herald. XXXV (7192). 9 October 1886. p. 2. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 115. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Louise (January 2002). "Takapuna - Milford Walk" (PDF). North Shore: North Shore City. p. 6. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1902). "Mr. W. J. Hurst". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Auckland Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Tonks
Mayor of Auckland City
Succeeded by
Henry Brett
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Reader Wood
Member of Parliament for Waitemata
Succeeded by
Richard Monk