Edward George Britton Moss

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Edward George Britton Moss (1856 – 9 March 1916) was an Independent Liberal Member of Parliament for Ohinemuri in New Zealand.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1902–1905 15th Ohinemuri Independent Liberal

Edward Moss was born in 1856 at Longwood House, on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. He arrived in New Zealand in 1859 on the Zealandia and was educated at the Otago Boys' High School and Church of England Grammar School in Parnell, Auckland.[1] Moss was a lawyer at Paeroa.[2] His father, Frederick Moss (1829–1904), was the member for Parnell in the House of Representatives from 1878 to 1890.[3]

At the 1899 election, Jackson Palmer (1867–1919) defeated Moss for the Ohinemuri electorate.[4] At the 1902 election, Moss in turn defeated Palmer.[5] Moss was an Independent Liberal who bitterly opposed Premier Richard Seddon.[6] At the 1905 election, Moss was defeated by Hugh Poland of the Liberal Party.[7]

Edward Moss was also a Māori scholar and natural historian.[1] He was a conchologist and lived his later part of his life at Claybrook, a house that is today registered by Heritage New Zealand as a Category II heritage building.[8] He died on 9 March 1916.[1]


  • Beautiful shells of New Zealand : an illustrated work for amateur collectors of New Zealand marine shells, with directions for collecting and cleaning them. Collins Bros., 1908.


  1. ^ a b c Scholefield 1940, p. 105.
  2. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1902). The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Auckland Provincial District. Christchurch. p. 846. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 221.
  4. ^ "The General Election, 1899". Wellington: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 19 June 1900. p. 1. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 221, 225.
  6. ^ Hokitika Guardian. 7 December 1905.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 227.
  8. ^ "Claybrook". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 


  • The New Zealand Liberals: the Years of Power 1891-1912 by David Hamer (1988, Auckland University Press, Auckland)
  • Scholefield, Guy, ed. (1940). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : M–Addenda (PDF). II. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  • The New Liberal Party 1905 by G.F. Whitcher (1966, MA(Hons) Thesis-University of Canterbury, Christchurch)
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  • Wood, G. Anthony, ed. (1996). Ministers and Members: In the New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: Otago University Press. 
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