Edward Newman(4 July 1858 – 24 April 1946) was a Reform Party Member of Parliament and a member of the New Zealand Legislative Council in the early 20th century.
Newman was born in the Partick area of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1858. His father, also called Edward Newman, was a surgeon in the Royal Navy and his mother was Annabella Newman (née Smith). He emigrated to New Zealand around 1875, and worked on sheep farms, until he took up his own property in the Turakina Valley in 1882. He returned to Glasgow to marry Catherine Ann Wilson in 1886. The couple had two children, one of whom died in infancy.
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He represented Manawatu from 1908, then Rangitikei from 1911, then Manawatu again from 1919.He retired in 1922. He was appointed to the New Zealand Legislative Council on 1 June 1923 and served one term until 31 May 1930.
In the 1923 New Year Honours, Newman was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.
Newman played an active role in establishing Flock House. He wanted the farmers of New Zealand to acknowledge the efforts of the British seamen who kept the sea lanes open during World War I. He established a fund so that the sons of British seamen who had been killed or wounded could be trained in New Zealand to start a new life, in conjunction with the Sheepfarmers' Association of New Zealand.
A property was purchased in 1924, and Flock House remained an agricultural training facility until 1988.
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