Ebenezer Hamlin

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Ebenezer Hamlin
Ebenezer Hamlin, 1882.jpg
Ebenezer Hamlin in 1882
5th Chairman of Committees
In office
30 May 1882 – 3 October 1890
Preceded by Arthur Seymour
Succeeded by Westby Perceval
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Franklin
In office
18 January 1876 – 8 December 1881
Preceded by William Thorne Buckland
Joseph May
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
In office
5 December 1890 – 8 November 1893
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Benjamin Harris
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Franklin
In office
9 December 1881 – 4 December 1890
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born 1844
Orua, Manukau Harbour, New Zealand
Died 4 June 1900
Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1876–1879 6th Franklin Independent
1879–1881 7th Franklin Independent
1881–1884 8th Franklin South Independent
1884–1887 9th Franklin South Independent
1887–1890 10th Franklin South Independent
1890–1893 11th Franklin Independent

Ebenezer Hamlin (1844 – 4 June 1900) was a member of parliament in New Zealand, and an independent conservative.

Hamlin was born in Orua on the Manukau Harbour to the Rev James Hamlin, a missionary who had arrived in New Zealand in 1823 with the Church Missionary Society.[1] He was the ninth and youngest son of the reverent.[2] He fought in the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s, and was a Major in the Territorial Army.[1] On 28 April 1868, Hamlin married Sarah Grace Barriball, the daughter of Charles Barriball of Waiuku, at his father's house near Waiuku (Barriball Road in Waiuku commemorates the location of the family's land).[2][3][4]

Electors from Waiuku presented a requisition to Hamlin in November 1869 to stand for election in the Raglan electorate for the Auckland Provincial Council, which he accepted.[5] Three representatives were elected on 20 December, and of four candidates, Joseph May came first and Hamlin came second.[6][7] Hamlin remained a member of the provincial council until the abolition of provincial government in 1875.[8]

He represented the South Auckland seats of Franklin in the New Zealand House of Representatives from 1876 to 1881; and then the replacement electorate of Franklin South from 1881 to 1890. He then represented the reconstituted Franklin electorate from 1890 to 1893 when he retired. He was never defeated.[9]

He served as Chairman of Committees from 1882 to 1890.[10] He died at his residence in the Auckland suburb of Remuera on 4 June 1900. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and seven daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary". Auckland Star. XXXI (132). 5 June 1900. p. 2. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Marriage". Daily Southern Cross. XXIV (3367). 1 May 1868. p. 2. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ Healey, Gary. "The Hoskings". Gary's Family Tree. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Waiuku". Daily Southern Cross. XXIV (3367). 1 May 1868. p. 3. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  5. ^ "To Ebenezer Hamlin, Esq". The New Zealand Herald. VII (1838). 4 December 1869. p. 2. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Provincial Council Elections". The New Zealand Herald. VII (1838). 4 December 1869. p. 5. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Provincial Council Elections". The New Zealand Herald. VII (1865). 7 January 1870. p. 5. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Ebenezer Hamlin". Auckland Star. XXI (288). 6 December 1890. p. 2. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  9. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 202.
  10. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 251.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Seymour
Chairman of Committees of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Westby Perceval
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Franklin South
Constituency abolished
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