Lindsay Buick

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Lindsay Buick
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wairau
In office
5 December 1890 – 19 December 1896
Preceded by Henry Dodson
Succeeded by Charles H. Mills
Personal details
Born 13 May 1865
Oamaru, New Zealand
Died 22 February 1938
Wellington, New Zealand
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Mary Fitzgerald

Thomas Lindsay Buick CMG (13 May 1866 – 22 February 1938) was a Liberal Member of Parliament for Wairau, New Zealand, a journalist and a historian. He published under the name T. Lindsay Buick.

Early life

Buick was born in Oamaru in 1865 [1] or 1866.[2] His parents emigrated from England to Port Chalmers in 1860. Lindsay Buick received his education at schools in Oamaru and moved to Blenheim in 1884 to work as a carpenter. Although he had no relation to Ireland or Catholicism, he joined the Irish National League "purely as a lover of liberty and justice", and in 1889 he embarked on a speaker tour. He was also active in the temperance movement.[3]

Buick married Mary Fitzgerald on 8 January 1891 at Blenheim; they were to have no children.[3]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1890–1893 11th Wairau Liberal–Labour
1893–1896 12th Wairau Liberal–Labour

Buick represented the Wairau electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives from 1890 to 1896, when he was defeated.[2][4] The 1896 general election was contested by Buick and Charles H. Mills, who received 2014 and 2072 votes, respectively. Mills thus succeeded Buick.[5] Years later, in July 1904 he unsuccessfully contested Pahiatua by-election as the official Liberal candidate.[3]

Historical work

Buick wrote numerous works on the pre-European and early contact history New Zealand, and two books on music. His The Treaty of Waitangi: or, How New Zealand became a British Colony (1916) remained the only substantial work on the Treaty until the late 1980s.

Later, he was owner/publisher of the Dannevirke Advocate.[6]

Buick was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1933 Birthday Honours.[7] In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[8]

Published work

  • Old Marlborough: or, The Story of a Province (1900)
  • Old Manawatu: or, The Wild Days of the West (1903)
  • Old New Zealander: or, Te Rauparaha, the Napoleon of the South (1911)
  • Letters from Abroad (1914)
  • The Treaty of Waitangi: or, How New Zealand became a British Colony (1916)
  • New Zealand's First War: or, The Rebellion of Hone Heke (1926)
  • Romance of the Gramophone (1927)
  • French at Akaroa: An Adventure in Colonization (1928)
  • Jubilee of the Port of Wellington, 1880-1930 (1930)
  • Mystery of the Moa: New Zealand's Avian Giant (1931)
  • British Residency at Waitangi (1932)
  • Waitangi: Ninety-four Years After (1934)
  • Old British Residency at the Bay of Islands (1934)
  • Centenary of a Flag: New Zealand's Old National Ensign (1934)
  • Elijah: The Story of Mendelssohn’s Oratorio (1935)
  • The Discovery of Dinornis: The Story of a Man, a Bone, and a Bird (1936)
  • Moa-Hunters of New Zealand: Sportsmen of the Stone Age (1936)


  1. ^ Who's Who in New Zealand and the Western Pacific. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 186.
  3. ^ a b c Traue, James Edward. "Buick, Thomas Lindsay". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  4. ^ Hamer 1988, p. 361.
  5. ^ "The Elections". Hawera & Normanby Star. XXXIII (3416). 7 December 1896. p. 2. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  6. ^ Hamer, p.312
  7. ^ "No. 33946". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1933. p. 3803.
  8. ^ "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.


  • The New Zealand Liberals: the Years of Power 1891-1912 by David Hamer (1988, Auckland University Press, Auckland)
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.

External links

  • Works by Lindsay Buick at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Lindsay Buick at Internet Archive
  • "Prime Minister's tribute". Evening Post in Papers Past. 23 February 1938.
  • "Death". Evening Post in Papers Past. 23 February 1938.
  • "Tribute". Evening Post in Papers Past. 23 February 1938.
  • "Obituary (says born 1866)". Evening Star in Papers Past. 23 February 1938.
  • "Obituary". The Press in Papers Past. 23 February 1938.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Henry Dodson
Member of Parliament for Wairau
Succeeded by
Charles H. Mills
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