William Fitzherbert (New Zealand politician)
Sir William Fitzherbert
|5th Speaker of the Legislative Council|
|Preceded by||John Richardson|
|Succeeded by||George Waterhouse|
|Preceded by||George Waterhouse|
|Succeeded by||Harry Atkinson|
|4th Speaker of the House of Representatives|
|Preceded by||Dillon Bell|
|Succeeded by||Maurice O'Rorke|
|8th Colonial Treasurer|
24 November 1864 – 16 October 1865
|Prime Minister||Frederick Weld|
|Preceded by||Reader Wood|
|Succeeded by||Edward Stafford|
24 August 1866 – 28 June 1869
|Prime Minister||Edward Stafford|
|Preceded by||Francis Jollie|
|Succeeded by||Julius Vogel|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament|
|Preceded by||Alfred Renall|
|Succeeded by||Henry Jackson|
|2nd Superintendent of Wellington Province|
28 April 1871 – 1 January 1877
|Preceded by||Isaac Featherston|
|Succeeded by||None (office abolished)|
|Born||15 August 1810|
|Died||6 February 1891 (aged 80)|
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Jane Leigh|
|Relations||Patrick Buckley (son in law)|
Fitzherbert was born in Dorset, England, on 15 August 1810. He was educated at Sherborne and studied medicine in Paris and London. Late in 1840 or early 1841 he married Sarah Jane Leigh in London. They came to New Zealand in 1841, settling in Wellington.
They later moved to Willow Bank a house in Lower Hutt and entertained parliamentarians there (which may account for the street's name of "Parliament Street"). The house now has a Historic Places Trust "C" classification.
Member of ParliamentEdit
|New Zealand Parliament|
|1855–1858||2nd||Town of Wellington||Independent|
He soon became active in politics, serving both on the Wellington Provincial Council and in the New Zealand Parliament. He was elected to the 2nd Parliament as a representative of the City of Wellington electorate, but resigned part way through the term to successfully seek election as representative for the Hutt electorate, which happened on 31 July 1858. He contested the general election on 29 December 1875 against William Hutchison and obtained 178 votes, with Hutchison receiving 38. He retained the Hutt electorate until his resignation in 1879, so that he could appointed to the Legislative Council. He also served as Colonial Treasurer (Minister of Finance) for the duration of Frederick Weld's premiership.
Fitzherbert was Superintendent of the Wellington Province from 1871 until the abolition of the provinces in 1876. The Palmerston North suburb of Aokautere was once named after Fitzherbert, as he had promoted settlement of the Manawatu. The Fitzherbert East Dairy Factory building still carries the name these days.
Speaker of the HouseEdit
Fitzherbert died on 6 February 1891 at his residence in Lower Hutt. He was buried at Lower Hutt cemetery on 10 February next to his late wife, who had died on 21 August 1886.
There are several streets in Wainuiomata bearing his name. The peak of the Eastern Hills dividing Naenae and Wainuiomata and its television relay mast is named Mount Fitzherbert.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to William Fitzherbert.|
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- Kaye, George (1987). Bygone Days in Lower Hutt. Lower Hutt: Lower Hutt City Council. pp. 88–91. ISBN 0-473-00523-9.
- "The Hutt Election". The Evening Post. XII (154). 30 December 1875. p. 2. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
- Campbell, Keith Kennedy (23 April 2009). "Fitzherbert, Sir William, K.C.M.G." An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
- "Obituary". The Evening Post. XLI (33). 9 February 1891. p. 2. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- Platts, Una (1980). "Fitzherbert, William Alfred 1843–1906". Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook. Christchurch: Avon Fine Prints. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- Cyclopedia Company Limited (1897). "General". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Wellington Provincial District. Wellington. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
- "Aokautere". OurRegion Manawatu. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
| Colonial Treasurer
| Superintendent of Wellington Province
|Provincial Councils abolished|
| Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
| Speaker of the New Zealand Legislative Council
|New Zealand Parliament|
| Member of Parliament for Wellington
Served alongside: Isaac Featherston, Charles Clifford
William Barnard Rhodes
| Member of Parliament for Hutt
Served alongside: Alfred Renall, Alfred Ludlam