Hugh Campbell (New Zealand politician)

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Hugh McLean Campbell (21 March 1875 – 22 May 1951), sometimes known as HM Campbell, was a Reform Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1911–1914 18th Hawkes Bay Reform
1919–1922 20th Hawkes Bay Reform
1925–1928 22nd Hawkes Bay Reform
1928–1931 23rd Hawkes Bay Reform
1931–1935 24th Hawkes Bay Reform

Campbell was born in Te Aute near Pukehou in the Hawke's Bay.[1] His father, Hugh Campbell, was a sheep farmer in Australia, then in Wanaka, and finally in Poukawa south of Hastings. His mother, Margaret Gardiner, died when he was only three years old. He was brought up by his elder sister, Catherine, and Mary Williams, the wife of their neighbour, the missionary Samuel Williams.[1]

On 31 January 1900, he married Mildred Rachel Ralston at Carnarvon in the Manawatu. They had three sons and one daughter.[1]

Campbell founded the Hawke's Bay Tribune in 1910 with his brother-in-law, John Chambers, and George Nelson. They encouraged him to become politically active and replace the conservative politician Sir William Russell, who had retired from the Hawke's Bay electorate at the 1905 election.[1][2]

Campbell first stood in the Hawke's Bay electorate in the 1911 election and defeated the Liberal candidate in the second ballot.[1][3] He became a member of the Reform Party and was defeated in 1914, re-elected in 1919 and retired in 1922 due to ill-health.[1][4] He was re-elected in 1925, and defeated in 1935 in the strong swing towards the Labour Party.[1][4]

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[5] He was chairman of the board of directors of The Dominion newspaper from 1934 to 1950.[1]

Campbell died on his farm on 22 May 1951. His wife had died in 1947. They were survived by their children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Campbell, M. D. N. "Campbell, Hugh McLean". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 232.
  3. ^ "The General Election, 1911". National Library. 1912. p. 2. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 187.
  5. ^ "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Alfred Dillon
Member of Parliament for Hawkes Bay
Succeeded by
Robert McNab
Preceded by
John Findlay
Succeeded by
Gilbert McKay
Preceded by
Gilbert McKay
Succeeded by
Ted Cullen
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