William Sheat

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William Sheat
William Sheat.jpg
William Sheat in 1950
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Patea
In office
1943 – 1954
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Egmont
In office
1957 – 1966
Personal details
Born 23 May 1899
Died 24 May 1982(1982-05-24) (aged 83)
Political party National (from 1940)
Labour (until 1935)
Independent (1935-1940)
Spouse(s) Ella Marjorie Newtown

William Alfred Sheat (23 May 1899 – 24 May 1982) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament for two Taranaki electorates.

Early life[edit]

Sheat was born at Pihama, Taranaki, in 1899.[1] He attended Victoria University College and graduated B.A. in 1920 and LL.B. in 1923.[1] He married Ella Marjorie Newtown, who was also a Victoria University College graduate (M.A. in 1925), on 22 January 1929.[2][3] The wedding was held at St John's Presbyterian Church in Wellington.[4]

Political activity[edit]

New Zealand Labour Party: General election, 1925 – Labour's candidates, including William Sheat.

Early political career[edit]

Sheat served on the Egmont County Council for twelve years.[1] He stood as the Labour Party candidate for Taranaki in 1925,[5] and for New Plymouth in 1931.[6] At the 1935 election, Sheat contested the New Plymouth electorate as an Independent. He joined the National Party in 1940.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1943–1946 27th Patea National
1946–1949 28th Patea National
1949–1951 29th Patea National
1951–1954 30th Patea National
1954 30th Patea Independent
1957–1960 32nd Egmont National
1960–1963 33rd Egmont National
1963–1966 34th Egmont National

Bill Sheat represented the Patea electorate between 1943 and 1954[7] and then the Egmont electorate from 1957 to 1966.

In 1954, Sheat failed to gain reselection after boundary changes as a National Party candidate.[1] On 14 May of that year, he promptly resigned his seat and won it back in the 31 July 1954 by-election as an Independent, but subsequently did not stand in the 1954 general election.[1] In 1957 Sheat returned to Parliament as MP for Egmont and he retired in 1966.

Sheat was Undersecretary to the Minister of Works between 1949 and 1954.[8]

Death[edit]

Sheat died on 24 May 1982, aged 83 years. He was cremated in the Wellington suburb of Karori four days later.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Gustafson 1986, p. 342.
  2. ^ "Papers of Bill Sheat". Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Marriages". The Evening Post. CVII (68). 23 March 1929. p. 1. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Weddings". The Evening Post. CVII (69). 25 March 1929. p. 15. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  5. ^ The General Election, 1925. Government Printer. 1926. p. 3. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  6. ^ The General Election, 1931. Government Printer. 1932. p. 4. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 270.
  8. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 86.
  9. ^ "Cemeteries search". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 

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 published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Harold Dickie
Member of Parliament for Patea
1943–54
Succeeded by
Roy Jack
Preceded by
Ernest Corbett
Member of Parliament for Egmont
1957–66
Succeeded by
Venn Young