Thomas Bartley (politician)

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The Honourable
Thomas Bartley
Thomas Houghton Bartley, 1856.jpg
Thomas Houghton Bartley, c. 1856
3rd Speaker of the Legislative Council
In office
Preceded by Frederick Whitaker
Succeeded by John Richardson
Personal details
Born 1798
Died 25 December 1878
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Independent

Thomas Houghton Bartley JP (1798 – 25 December 1878) was a New Zealand politician.

The farm of Thomas Bartley on the North Shore

Bartley was from Liverpool. Like his brother William, he was a lawyer. In 1838, both of them were in Adelaide.[1] William Bartley stayed in that city and became attorney for the South Australian Company,[2] but Thomas Barley went to New Zealand in 1839 and settled in the Bay of Islands.[3] In 1841, he moved to Auckland, where he worked as a solicitor.[3]

He represented the City of Auckland electorate on the first and second council of the Auckland Province (20 July 1853 – 15 July 1854; 26 October 1855 – 18 August 1857).[4] He was the first Deputy-Superintendent of Auckland Province (18 September 1856 – 11 November 1856)[5] and the first Speaker of the Province (1853–1857).[5] As Speaker, he was succeeded by William Powditch.[5]

Bartley served in the First New Zealand Parliament, representing the City of Auckland electorate. He was elected on 11 August 1853 and resigned on 11 July 1854.[6] He was a member of the Fitzgerald Ministry, led by James FitzGerald, from 11 July 1854 to 2 August 1854.[7]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1853–1854 1st City of Auckland Independent

Bartley resigned from the House of Representatives on 11 August 1854 to take up a position in the Legislative Council,[8] where he served as Speaker from 12 May 1856 to 1 July 1868.[9] His membership of the Legislative Council lapsed on 3 July 1874 due to non-attendance.[8]

Bartley was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1856.[10] He died on 25 December 1878 at his home in Stokes' Point (these days, the locality is the northern landing of the Auckland Harbour Bridge).[11] He is buried in Parnell, Auckland.[3]


  1. ^ Porter, William (first published in 1907). Law, Miranda Field and Robert Garry Law, ed. Recollections of a Voyage to South Australia and New Zealand Commenced in 1838 (PDF) (2007 ed.). Huntly: Maruiwi Press. pp. 13–14. ISBN 0-476-01579-0. Retrieved 15 January 2012.  Check date values in: |year= (help)
  2. ^ "Untitled". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Hon. T. H. Barley". Auckland Star. IX (2711). 28 December 1878. p. 3. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 181.
  5. ^ a b c Scholefield 1950, p. 180.
  6. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 95.
  7. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 31.
  8. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 73.
  9. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 88.
  10. ^ "From the New Zealand Gazette". Rootsweb. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Death". Auckland Star. IX (2710). 27 December 1878. p. 2. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 


  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Whitaker
Speaker of the New Zealand Legislative Council
Succeeded by
John Richardson
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for City of Auckland
Served alongside: Loughlin O'Brien, James O'Neill
Succeeded by
William Brown
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