Ernest Andrews

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Sir Ernest Andrews

Ernest Andrews.jpg
Andrews c. 1944
38th Mayor of Christchurch
In office
Preceded by Robert Macfarlane
Succeeded by Robert Macfarlane
Personal details
Born (1873-06-25)25 June 1873
Brightwater, New Zealand
Died 9 November 1961(1961-11-09) (aged 88)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Resting place Bromley Cemetery
Nationality New Zealand
Spouse(s) Caroline Maria Couzins (1872 – 27 December 1937)
Florence May Emmett
Relations Eveleyn Charlotte Couzins (1896–1945) (first wife's niece)
Children Alpha Herbert (b 1901)
Pelham Winter (b 1904)
Gwendoline Cynthia (b 1909)

Sir Ernest Herbert Andrews CBE (25 June 1873 – 9 November 1961) was Mayor of Christchurch from 1941 until his retirement in 1950. He had served continuously on Christchurch City Council since 1919.

Early life and family

Andrews was born in Brightwater near Nelson in 1873. He married Caroline Maria Couzins (born 5 August 1872) on 14 March 1900. They had three children: Alpha Herbert (born 1901), Pelham Winter (born 1904) and Gwendoline Cynthia (born 1909).[1]

Eveleyn Charlotte Couzins (1896–1945) was his first wife's niece.[2]

Political career

Samoan high chiefs Tupua Tamasese Meaʻole (fifth from left) and Malietoa Tanumafili II (second from right) welcomed to Christchurch in 1945 by Mayor Ernest Andrews (fourth from left) and Deputy-Mayor Melville Lyons (right)

Andrews was elected as councillor onto Christchurch City Council in 1919. In 1941, he was elected as mayor, a position that he held for three terms until his retirement in 1950. He provided continuous service to Christchurch City Council for 31 years.[3]

Andrews' first wife died in 1937, before he became mayor, and so his niece, Eveleyn Couzins, acted as the mayoress from 1941 until her death in 1945. Couzins made a valued contribution to the community, especially through the organisation of parcels for dispatch to New Zealand servicemen abroad. Although she had suffered from some minor illnesses, she continued to carry out her duties as mayoress until she became seriously ill, two weeks before her death in June 1945.[2] She is buried in B24P188 in Linwood Cemetery.[4] Andrews' daughter Gwendoline then took over the role of mayoress.[1]

Andrews was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for social welfare and patriotic services in the 1946 New Year Honours,[5] and a Knight Bachelor in the 1950 King's Birthday Honours,[6] the first Christchurch serving mayor to be so honoured. He retired in October 1950, having had been mayor for longer than any other incumbent up to that time.

Later life

Andrews died in Christchurch on 9 November 1961. The funeral service took place at the Rugby Street Methodist church, with which Andrews had been long associated. He is buried at Bromley Cemetery, with his first wife.[1] The simple Andrews grave states that Caroline Andrews lived from 1872–1937 and Ernest Andrews from 1873–1961.[7]

He was survived by his second wife, Florence May Emmett.[7]

Honorific eponym

Andrews Crescent in the suburb of Spreydon is named in his honour.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "William COUZENS – Census Lookup". Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Eveleyn Charlotte Couzins 1896–1945". Christchurch City Libraries. Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Councillors of the City of Christchurch". Christchurch: Christchurch City Council. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
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  5. ^ "No. 37410". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1946. p. 159.
  6. ^ "No. 38931". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 1950. p. 2813.
  7. ^ a b Greenaway, Richard L. N. (June 2007). "Bromley Cemetery Tour" (PDF). Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Christchurch street names: A" (PDF). Christchurch City Libraries. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Macfarlane
Mayor of Christchurch
Succeeded by
Robert Macfarlane
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