Vincent Ward (politician)

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The Honourable
Vincent Ward
Vincent Ward.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Invercargill
In office
1930 – 1931
Preceded by Joseph Ward
Succeeded by James Hargest
New Zealand Legislative Councillor
In office
22 June 1934 – 9 February 1946†
Appointed by George Forbes
Personal details
Born 4 January 1886
Bluff, New Zealand
Died 9 February 1946
New Zealand
Political party United
Spouse(s) Sybil Mary Petre
Relations Joseph Ward (father)

Vincent Aubrey Ward, CBE (4 January 1886 – 9 February 1946) was a New Zealand Member of Parliament and a Member of the Legislative Council.

Early life

Born in Bluff in 1886, he was a son of the late Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward. He married Sybil Mary Petre in 1927.

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1930–1931 23rd Invercargill United

He replaced his father in the 13 August 1930 by-election for the parliamentary seat of Invercargill that was held after Sir Joseph died. He stood for the United Party. Vincent Ward retired from politics at the next general election in 1931.[1]

He was appointed to the Legislative Council on 22 June 1934. At the expiry of his first term, he was reappointed on 23 June 1941. He served until his death on 9 February 1946.[2][3]

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[4] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1946 New Year Honours.[1]

In 1938 he unsuccessfully stood for the Wellington City Council on a Citizens' Association ticket.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 244.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 166.
  3. ^ Wood 1996, pp. 104, 114.
  4. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. CXIX (105). 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Election Recounts". Evening Post. CXXV (114). 17 May 1938. p. 12. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Who's Who for the Elections". Evening Post. CXXV (107). 9 May 1938. p. 6. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  • Wood, G. A. (1996) [1987]. Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament (2nd ed.). Dunedin: University of Otago Press. ISBN 1-877133-00-0. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Joseph Ward
Member of Parliament for Invercargill
Succeeded by
James Hargest

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