James Bonar (politician)

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Bonar in circa 1894

James Alexander Bonar (12 June 1840 7 November 1901) was a New Zealand merchant, shipping agent, company director and politician. He was born in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland on 12 June 1840. [1] He was a member of the Westland County Council during the whole time of its existence, and was the county council's second chairman. [2] He was the first Mayor of Hokitika, represented Hokitika on the Canterbury Provincial Council, a member of the Legislative Council (27 June 1868 – 7 November 1901), and the only Superintendent of Westland Province. [1]

He married on 19 October 1875 Elliott Margaret Bell; they had four sons and one daughter. [3] He is buried at Hokitika Cemetery.

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  1. 1 2 Minehan, Francis. "James Alexander Bonar". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
  2. Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. pp. 241f.
  3. *Burke, Bernard (1970) [1891]. Burke's Colonial Gentry (2 ed.). Baltimore, Ohio: Genealogical Publishing Company. pp.  530, 531. ISBN   0-8063-0415-4.