James Kelham

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James Kelham
James Kelham.jpg
Member of the 1st New Zealand Parliament
for City of Wellington
In office
Prime Minister James FitzGerald (head of the Executive Council)
Preceded by n/a
Succeeded by Isaac Featherston
William Fitzherbert
Personal details
Born 1796
Died 1882
Occupation Accountant

James Kelham (1796 – 1 April 1882) was a New Zealand businessman and politician.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1853–1855 1st City of Wellington Independent

He arrived in Wellington in the ship London in 1842, and was the New Zealand Company's accountant in Wellington. He was prominent in Wellington's early business community, and was elected as first chairman of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce in 1856.

He represented the City of Wellington in the 1st New Zealand Parliament, but resigned on 3 August 1855.[1] He also served on the Wellington Provincial Council, representing the City of Wellington electorate in 1856.[2] He was made a Justice of the Peace in 1870. He owned land in Lower Hutt where he had a cottage built in the 1870s or 1880s; the building is these days the gatehouse of Vogel House.[3]

He is buried in St James (Anglican) Churchyard, Lower Hutt. Ward's Early Wellington erroneously says he died in 1862.


  1. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 118.
  2. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 238.
  3. ^ "Vogel House, Cottage and Grounds". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  • Evening Post, 3 April 1882 (Death notice)
  • Timaru Herald, 5 April 1882 (Notes, page 2)
  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 

External links

  • New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

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