Charles Hall (New Zealand politician)

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Charles Hall
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Waipawa
In office
1893–1896
Preceded by William Cowper Smith
Succeeded by George Hunter
In office
1899–1911
Preceded by George Hunter
Succeeded by George Hunter
Mayor of Woodville
In office
1889–1890
Preceded by Joseph Sowry
Succeeded by Hubert Burnett
Personal details
Born 1843
Malton, Yorkshire, England
Died 1937
Wellington, New Zealand
Political party Liberal
Children Three

Charles Hall (1843–1937) was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand. He represented the Waipawa electorate from 1893 to 1896 when he was defeated, then from 1899 to 1911 when he retired.[1]

Biography

Early life

Hall was born at Malton, Yorkshire in 1843.[2] His first wife, Eliza died in her youth leaving Hall a widower. They had one child, a daughter. Hall decided to shift to New Zealand and arrived at Napier in the ship Countess of Kintore in 1875 and entered the building trade upon arrival. Hall started up trade in Napier where he married Marian Dinsdale in 1878, the marriage issued two children one daughter and one son. He was keenly interested in land settlement and in 1880 took up a bush section in northern Manawatu. His family's home was destroyed in a bush fire and he and his family moved to Woodville where he again entered the building trade.[2]

Due to his active interest in land settlement, he assisted in the settlement of the Hall and Malton blocks near Woodville and was also an original selector in the Mangahao block, near Pahiatua.[2] Due to his service in land settlements he was appointed by the government to serve as a selector for government land subdivisions.[3]

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1893–1896 12th Waipawa Liberal
1899–1902 14th Waipawa Liberal
1902–1905 15th Waipawa Liberal
1905–1908 16th Waipawa Liberal
1908–1911 17th Waipawa Liberal

Hall had a long, and active public life. He started his career locally holding many civil authority positions, serving as the Mayor of Woodville, chairman of the Waipawa County Council, District Coroner, a member of the Waipawa Licensing Committee and a member of the Hawke's Bay Education Board.[2]

In 1893 Hall was elected to Parliament as MP for Waipawa as the Liberal Party candidate. At the next election he lost his seat to the Conservative candidate George Hunter. In 1899 he won the seat back and would retain it until the 1911 election when he chose to retire from national politics.[3]

Later life and death

After retiring from Parliament Hall travelled back to England and stayed there for three years before returning in 1915 and settling in Dannevirke. His second wife died in 1918 and Hall himself died in 1937 in Wellington aged 95 years old. He was survived by all three of his children.[2]

Notes

  1. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 202. OCLC 154283103. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Obituary". Evening Post. CXXIII (127). 31 May 1937. p. 5. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Hamer 1988, p. 363.

References

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
William Cowper Smith
Member of Parliament for Waipawa
1893–1896
1899–1911
Succeeded by
George Hunter
Preceded by
George Hunter
Succeeded by
George Hunter
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Sowry
Mayor of Woodville
1889-1890
Succeeded by
Hubert Burnett


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