John Chapman Andrew

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John Andrew
John Chapman Andrew.tif
Parson Andrew c. 1883
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wairarapa
In office
1871 – 1875
Preceded by Henry Bunny
Succeeded by George Beetham
7th Headmaster of Nelson College
In office
Preceded by Frank Churchill Simmons
Succeeded by William Justice Ford
Personal details
Born John Chapman Andrew
(1822-03-09)9 March 1822
Whitby, Yorkshire, England
Died 7 December 1907(1907-12-07) (aged 85)
Otaki, New Zealand
Resting place Stoke, New Zealand
41°18′46″S 173°14′05″E / 41.3127°S 173.2347°E / -41.3127; 173.2347
Emma Fendall
(m. 1855; d. 1878)

Emily Morgan (m. 1880)
Relations William Hudson (grandson)
Children Six (three sons, three daughters)

John Chapman Andrew (9 March 1822 – 7 December 1907) was a 19th-century Church of England priest, Oxford don, educationist, pastoralist and Member of Parliament in New Zealand.

Born a Yorkshireman, well-educated, he emigrated with his new wife, Emma, to New Zealand in 1856 aged 34 and they took full part in the development of the new colony's important institutions.

Early life

Andrew was born at Whitby, North Yorkshire, England. His parents were James Andrew, an Anglican clergyman, and Jane Chapman, of the Chapman banking family (grand daughter of John Chapman - Simpson, Chapman and Co.). He obtained a scholarship to University College, Oxford and graduated BA and MA in 1844 and 1847, respectively. In 1848, he was ordained priest. He had become a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and vicar of St Michael at the North Gate at the comparatively young age of mid 20s.[1]

On 6 December 1855, Andrew married Emma Fendall, youngest daughter of Henry Fendall, vicar of Crambe.[2] and of the Fendall banking family (grand daughter of William Fendall, Old Bank). The marriage broke the tradition of celibacy for Fellows of Lincoln College, so Andrew had to resign. The couple emigrated to New Zealand, arriving at Lyttelton on the Westminster on 7 June 1856.[1] Other Fendalls went to New Zealand before them, and the Christchurch suburb of Fendalton is named after the original landholding of her brother Walpole.[2]

Oxford University

John Chapman Andrew was preceded at Oxford University by his elder brother William who won a fellowship at Worcester College and was followed by his younger brother James who distinguished himself in the classics. In later life James became a well known surgeon at St Bartholemew's and a noted medical author, he was subsequently elected a fellow of Wadham College.

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1871–1875 5th Wairarapa Independent
1876–1877 6th Wairarapa Independent

He was on the Wellington Provincial Council, representing the Wairarapa East electorate from 1867 to 1876.[3] He represented the Wairarapa electorate from 1871 to 1877, when he resigned.[4] As a parliamentarian he was a strong advocate of enfranchising the right for women to vote and active on educational issues.


He was also an educationalist; an Anglican priest he was known as "Parson Andrew" in Nelson, New Zealand where he was head of Nelson College, and he was a supporter of the new University of New Zealand.

John Chapmans Andrew's role within the University of New Zealand was a supporter of its inception as a member of the house of representatives advocating a federal university structure for New Zealand. He was appointed to The University of New Zealand senate in 1874 and then appointed as Vice Chancellor of The University of New Zealand in 1885, he maintained the position of Vice Chancellor until 1903.

John Chapman Andrew oversaw the founding and establishment of Victoria University College (now Victoria University of Wellington) as Victoria University's founding Vice Chancellor and was a vocal advocate for a University of New Zealand college being established in Wellington, as Wellington was the capital of New Zealand.

John Chapman Andrew received three honorary degrees, one from the University of New Zealand, one from the University of Melbourne and one from the University of Sydney. After receiving honorary degrees John Chapman Andrew returned to Oxford University and had his Robes returned as the policies on marriage of the Oxford Dons had changed and he had also been widely recognised as the Vice Chancellor of The University of New Zealand. He described his return and restoration of his Oxford robes as the most satisfying moment of his life.

Ica Station

Andrew purchased a pastoral farming estate in the Wairarapa on the north bank of the Whareama river near Tinui and Castlepoint which he built up until in 1889 he was taxed on 18,170 acres. The bales of wool it produced were shipped from Castlepoint to London with his initials as their identifying mark. As a scholar of ancient Greek literature and Oxford University lecturer in ancient Greek and named John (Ioannis) it was his habit to write his initials I.C.A. and Ica (eye-car) soon came to be the recognised name of his station.


  1. ^ a b Acheson, John. "Andrew, John Chapman". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Marchwiel - suburb of Timaru". Rootsweb. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  3. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 237.
  4. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 180. OCLC 154283103.

External links

  • 'Women's suffrage time line'
  • Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Andrew, Rev. John Chapman". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  • 'Obituary Evening Post'
  • 'J C Andrew Nelson Address'
  • Constituent banks of Barclays - Simpson, Chapman and Co
  • 'John Chapman - Simpson, hapman and Co.'
  • 'Gloucester, 1720-1835 Economic development 1792-1835 - William Fendall Old Bank'
  • notification of conferment of honorary degree 1901'
  • ' notification of honorary degree 1903'
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Henry Bunny
Member of Parliament for Wairarapa
Served alongside: Henry Bunny
Succeeded by
George Beetham
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