Thomas Young Duncan

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Thomas Young Duncan
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3rd Minister of Agriculture
In office
2 July 1900 – 6 August 1906
Prime MinisterRichard Seddon
Preceded byJohn McKenzie
Succeeded byRobert McNab
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Oamaru
In office
5 December 1890 – 7 December 1911
Preceded byThomas William Hislop
Succeeded byErnest Lee
New Zealand Legislative Councillor
In office
13 June 1912 – 18 August 1914†
Appointed byJoseph Ward
Personal details
Plumbridge, Ireland
Died18 August 1914
New Zealand
Political partyLiberal

Thomas Young Duncan (1836 – 18 August 1914) was a New Zealand politician of the Liberal Party.

Early life[edit]

Born at Plumbridge, County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1836, Duncan was educated at Castledamph National School. In 1858 he went to Victoria where he worked on the goldfields, and then in 1862 followed the gold rush to Central Otago in New Zealand. After little success, he began farming at Pukeuri, north of Oamaru, and lived there for the remainder of his life.[1]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1881–1884 8th Waitaki Independent
1884–1887 9th Waitaki Independent
1887–1890 10th Waitaki Independent
1890–1893 11th Oamaru Liberal
1893–1896 12th Oamaru Liberal
1896–1899 13th Oamaru Liberal
1899–1902 14th Oamaru Liberal
1902–1905 15th Oamaru Liberal
1905–1908 16th Oamaru Liberal
1908–1911 17th Oamaru Liberal

He represented the Waitaki electorate from 1881 to 1890 and then the Oamaru electorate from 1890 to 1911, when he was defeated by Ernest Lee.[2] He was appointed to the New Zealand Legislative Council on 13 June 1912 and served until his death in 1914.[3]


  1. ^ Scholefield 1940, p. 222.
  2. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 104.
  3. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 76.


  • Scholefield, Guy, ed. (1940). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : A–L (PDF). I. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Samuel Shrimski
George Jones
Member of Parliament for Waitaki
Succeeded by
John McKenzie
Preceded by
Thomas William Hislop
Member of Parliament for Oamaru
Succeeded by
Ernest Lee