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James Colvin (1844 - 29 October 1919) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament for Buller, in the South Island.

Member of Parliament

James Colvin represented the Buller electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives for twenty years from 1899 to his death in 1919. He was Minister of Mines in 1912.[1]

At the 1899 election Colvin stood as an Independent Liberal and was successful.[2]

Colvin was born in Donegal, Ireland and came to New Zealand in 1862.[3] He served on numerous boards and committees: the Buller County Council (1885-89), Westport Harbour Board (Chairman 1890), and was Mayor of Westport between 1898 and 1900.[4]

James Colvin was killed by a tram as he left Parliament House in 1919 (Yesterdays in Golden Buller by Ella Matthews, 1999, Cadsonbury Publications, p.203).

When he was a young man, Colvin was held up by a member of the Burgess-Sullivan gang (also known as the 'Maungatapu Murderers') near where George Dobson had been murdered a few days previously. Unknown to his interrogator James Colvin was carrying 2,000 pounds worth of gold on his saddle, and managed to pass unmolested (Matthews, p.203).

References

  1. ^ Wood, G. Antony (ed.) (1996), Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament, Dunedin, [N.Z.]: Otago University Press, ISBN 1-877-13300-0   p. 88.
  2. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985), The New Zealand Parliamentary Record: 1840-1984 (4th ed.), Wellington, [N.Z.]: Government Printer   p.190.
  3. ^ Hamer, David (1988), The New Zealand Liberals: the years of power, 1891-1912, Auckland, [N.Z.]: Auckland University Press, ISBN 1-869-40014-3   p. 363
  4. ^ Scholefield, Guy H. (ed.) (1940), A dictionary of New Zealand biography (2 vol.), Wellington, [N.Z.]: Dept. of Internal Affairs   I:171.

Further reading

  • Hamer, David (1988), The New Zealand Liberals: the years of power, 1891-1912, Auckland, [N.Z.]: Auckland University Press, ISBN 1-869-40014-3  
  • Leslie, Eric A. (1980), The Colvin story (1861-1979) and the Colvin family trees (1877-1979), Westport, [N.Z.]: E. A. Leslie  
  • Scholefield, Guy H. (ed.) (1940), A dictionary of New Zealand biography (2 vol.), Wellington, [N.Z.]: Dept. of Internal Affairs  
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985), The New Zealand Parliamentary Record: 1840-1984 (4th ed.), Wellington, [N.Z.]: Government Printer  
  • Wood, G. Antony (ed.) (1996), Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament, Dunedin, [N.Z.]: Otago University Press, ISBN 1-877-13300-0  
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