Peter Neilson (politician born 1879)

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Neilson in 1935

Peter Neilson (1879 – 3 November 1948) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

Earl years

He was born in Dunedin, became a baker, and was a business partner of James Wright Munro, also a Labour MP, from 1914. He had been active in the Socialist Party and Social Democratic Party, and had been on the Dunedin City Council and Maori Hill Borough Council.[1]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1935–1938 25th Dunedin Central Labour
1938–1943 26th Dunedin Central Labour
1943–1946 27th Dunedin Central Labour

Neilson had unsuccessfully stood in the Dunedin Central electorate in the 1931 election.[2] He stood again for Dunedin Central in Labour's landslide win in the 1935 election, holding the seat until 1946 election, when he retired from Parliament.[3] He was succeeded by fellow Labour member and future Minister of Defense Philip Connolly.

Neilson died on 3 November 1948, and was buried at Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne.[4]


  1. ^ Gustafson, Barry (1986). From the Cradle to the Grave: a biography of Michael Joseph Savage. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. ?. ISBN 0-474-00138-5.
  2. ^ "Prospects in Otago". The New Zealand Herald. LXVIII (21037). 23 November 1931. p. 11. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  3. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 223. OCLC 154283103.
  4. ^ "Cemetery record search". Gisborne District Council. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Charles Statham
Member of Parliament for Dunedin Central
Succeeded by
Philip Connolly

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