John Davies Ormond

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John Davies Ormond

John Davies Ormond (31 May 1831 – 6 October 1917) was a New Zealand politician whose positions included Superintendent of Hawke's Bay Province, Minister of Public Works and member of the New Zealand Legislative Council.

New Zealand Parliament
1861 1866 3rd Clive Independent
1866 1870 4th Clive Independent
1871 1875 5th Clive Independent
1876 1879 6th Clive Independent
1879 1881 7th Clive Independent
1884 1887 9th Napier Independent
1887 1890 10th Napier Independent

He represented the Clive electorate in Parliament from 1861 to 1881, when he was defeated (standing for the electorate of Waipawa). He then represented the Napier electorate from 1884 to 1890, when he retired.

He was appointed to the Legislative Council on 20 January 1891 and served until his death on 6 October 1917. [1] He was appointed to the Council as one of seven new members (including Harry Atkinson himself) appointed to the Council by the outgoing fourth Atkinson Ministry; a move regarded by Liberals as a stacking of the upper house against the new government.

Ormond was baptised on 28 June 1831. [2] He came from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, (then Berkshire), England, and established a homestead called Wallingford in Central Hawke's Bay in 1847, which became a major farming station.

Businessman and farmer Sir John Ormond, politician and farmer Tiaki Omana, and politician and Historic Places Trust chairman Ormond Wilson [3] were his grandsons. His brother-in-law and husband of his sister was the Governor of Jamaica, Edward John Eyre. [2] His second great-granddaughter is the Headmistress, Ormond Felicity Lusk. He married Hannah Richardson on 4 December 1860, the sister of Geordie Richardson. [2] He died on 6 October 1917 at his home 'Tintagel' in Napier. [4]

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  1. Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 82.
  2. 1 2 3 Boyd, Mary. "Ormond, John Davies". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  3. Paul, Janet. "Wilson, George Hamish Ormond". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  4. "Death". The Hastings Standard . VII (295). 8 October 1917. p. 4. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
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