William Polson

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Sir William John Polson KCMG (6 June 1875 – 8 October 1960) was a New Zealand politician, first as an Independent and then in the National Party. He joined the National Party on its formation in 1936, and "later acted effectively as Holland's deputy".[1]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1928–31 23rd Stratford Independent
1931–35 24th Stratford Independent
1935–36 25th Stratford Independent
1936–38 Changed allegiance to: National
1938–43 26th Stratford National
1943–46 27th Stratford National

He represented the electorate of Stratford in Parliament from 1928 to 1946, when he retired.[2] He was appointed to the Legislative Council on 15 March 1950, as a member of the suicide squad which was to vote the Council out of existence.[3]

Polson was born in Wanganui, and educated at Wanganui Collegiate School. In 1943 he married Mary Grigg, who had represented the Mid-Canterbury electorate from 1942, after her MP husband Arthur Grigg, then a major in the NZEF, was killed in Libya in 1941.

In 1935, Polson was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[4] In the 1951 King's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for public and political services.[5]


  1. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 337.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 227.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 162.
  4. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. CXIX (105). 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  5. ^ "No. 39245". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 June 1951. p. 3099.


  • 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 published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Edward Walter
Member of Parliament for Stratford
Constituency abolished, recreated in 1954
Title next held by
Thomas Murray

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