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The Honourable
 Sir Arthur Guinness

In office
Prime Minister Richard Seddon
Preceded by Maurice O'Rorke
Succeeded by Frederic Lang

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Grey (previously Greymouth)
In office
1884 – 1913
Succeeded by Paddy Webb

Born January 11, 1846(1846-01-11)
Calcutta, India
Died June 10, 1913 (aged 67)
Political party Liberal
Father Frank Guinness
Years Term Electorate Party
1884-1887 9th Greymouth Liberal
1887-1890 10th Greymouth Liberal
1890-1893 11th Grey Liberal
1893-1896 12th Grey Liberal
1896-1899 13th Grey Liberal
1899-1902 14th Grey Liberal
1902-1905 15th Grey Liberal
1905-1908 16th Grey Liberal
1908-1911 17th Grey Liberal
1911-1914 18th Grey Liberal

Sir Arthur Robert Guinness (11 January 1846 — 10 June 1913) was a New Zealand politician, and Speaker of the House of Representatives.


Personal information

He was born in Calcutta, India, son of Frank V. Guinness, who arrived at Lyttelton by the ship Tory in 1852. He was educated at Christ's College, Christchurch, New Zealand 1854-1859 (being no. 31 on List). A barrister and solicitor in Greymouth, he served on the Westland Provincial Council from 1872-1876, and was then Chairman of the Grey County Council from 1876-1890.

Member of Parliament

Guinness was the Liberal Party Member of Parliament for Greymouth from 1884 to 1890 then Grey from 1890 to 1913.

He was Chairman of Committees from 1893 to 1902, then the seventh Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1903 to 1913. When he died, his replacement from the Grey by-election was Paddy Webb, who was elected on the second ballot with Liberal support.


In 1875, Guinness married Miss Westbrook, daughter of Mr James Westbrook of Launceston. He was knighted in 1911.

Further reading

  • The Cyclopedia of New Zealand: industrial, descriptive, historical, biographical facts, figures, illustrations, 1, Wellington, [N.Z.]: Cyclopedia Co., 1897, p. 105 
  • This article contains a photograph.
  • Who’s who in New Zealand and the western Pacific 1908, Wellington, [N.Z.]: Gordon & Gotch, 1908 
  • The School list of Christ’s College, 1850 to 1995 (9th ed.), Christchurch, [N.Z.]: Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association, 1997 
  • Kitchingman, Frederick A. (1965), Guinness and his days, Greymouth, [N.Z.]: Greymouth Evening Star 
Political offices
Preceded by
Maurice O'Rorke
Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
1903 – 1913
Succeeded by
Frederic Lang
Parliament of New Zealand
New constituency Member of Parliament for Greymouth
1884 – 1890
Constituency abolished
Member of Parliament for Grey
1890 – 1913
Succeeded by
Paddy Webb


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