William Goosman

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Goosman in 1950

Sir William Stanley Goosman KCMG (2 July 1890 – 10 June 1969) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party and a road-haulier and contractor.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1938–1943 26th Waikato National
1943–1946 27th Waikato National
1946–1949 28th Piako National
1949–1951 29th Piako National
1951–1954 30th Piako National
1954–1957 31st Waipa National
1957–1960 32nd Piako National
1960–1963 33rd Piako National

Goosman was born in 1890 at Auckland. William Massey was his uncle. He received his education at Mangere and at the age of 13, he started work on a dairy farm. At age 17, he went to Gisborne and worked in the bush. During the Great Depression,[1] he started a transport business at Waihou, near Te Aroha,[2] which grew into a large company.[1] He was also a roading contractor.[3][4]

He was the Member of Parliament for Waikato 1938–1946, Piako 1946–1954, Waipa 1954–1957, then Piako again 1957–1963, when he retired.[5]

He was the Minister of Works[6] and Minister of Railways in the First National Government from 1949 to 1954.[7] In those roles he decided to drop proposals to improve Auckland's rail network and instead focus on motorway building.[8] When opening the first of Auckland's motorways in 1953, he is reported to have said, "My boy, the future of Auckland is with the motor car".[9] One of his first actions as Railway Minister was to raise charges and fares.[10] When defending the government during the 1951 waterfront lockout, he said, "All I have to say is that if Hitler had to deal with the same thing Hitler talked right."[11] He was made a KCMG in 1965.[5]


  1. ^ a b Gustafson 1986, p. 314.
  2. ^ "The Te Aroha Bridge". New Zealand Herald. 21 August 1925. p. 13. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. ^ Burke, Roy (7 February 2009). "Farmer turned art into a life of subtle hues". Waikato Times. Retrieved 13 October 2018 – via www.pressreader.com.
  4. ^ Parliament, New Zealand (1953). Parliamentary Debates.
  5. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 200.
  6. ^ "AtoJs Online — Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives — 1950 Session I — D-01 MINISTRY OF WORKS STATEMENT (BY THE HON. W. S. GOOSMAN, MINISTER OF WORKS)". atojs.natlib.govt.nz. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 86.
  8. ^ "Sir Dove-Myer Robinson on his Rapid Transit Scheme – Part 4". transportblog.co.nz. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Ewan McDonald: Paying for Auckland's public transport". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  10. ^ "Railways Statement (By the Minister of Railways, Hon. W. S. Goosman) Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives,". 1 January 1950.
  11. ^ Millar, Grace (2013). "Families and the 1951 New Zealand Waterfront Lockout" (PDF). Victoria University.


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Semple
Minister of Railways
Succeeded by
John McAlpine
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Robert Coulter
Member of Parliament for Waikato
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Sim
New constituency Member of Parliament for Piako
Constituency abolished, recreated in 1957
Title next held by
William Goosman
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1954
Title last held by
William Goosman
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Sim
Constituency recreated after abolition in 1896
Title last held by
Frederic Lang
Member of Parliament for Waipa
Succeeded by
Hallyburton Johnstone

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