|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
|Preceded by||Edward Smith|
|Succeeded by||Sydney George Smith|
|Chairman of Taranaki County Council|
Henry James Hobbs Okey
28 May 1957
New Plymouth,New Zealand
|Died||13 September 1918 61) (aged|
New Plymouth,New Zealand
Henry James Hobbs Okey (28 May 1857 –13 September 1918) was a Reform Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
Born in New Plymouth in 1857,Okey was the son of Edward Okey,an ironmonger.His brothers included Edward Nelson Okey,who in 1880 won what later became known as the Ballinger Belt for the New Zealand champion shot.
On 2 July 1884,Okey married Louisa Morey.
|1909–1911||Changed allegiance to:||Reform|
Okey was a member of the Taranaki County Council,and served as its chairman between 1896 and 1905.He was also vice president and then president of the Taranaki Agricultraul and Pastoral Society.
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Okey died in New Plymouth on 13 September 1918,and was buried in Te Henui Cemetery.
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