|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
14 April 1920 –7 December 1922
|Preceded by||James Allen|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
7 December 1922 –4 November 1925
|Preceded by||Alexander Malcolm|
|Succeeded by||Fred Waite|
Newcastle,New South Wales
|Died||7 June 1928|
John Edie (1856 –7 June 1928) was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament in the Otago region of New Zealand. He was a surveyor and an engineer,and also spent time as a farmer. He was Mayor of Lawrence.
Edie was born in Newcastle,New South Wales in 1856. He came to New Zealand as a child and attended school in Waitahuna near Lawrence.   He joined the survey department in 1873 and surveyed the Catlins River Branch railway line,but construction did not start until 1879.  In 1876,at age 20,he became assistant surveyor to the Government. 
He joined the Tuapeka County Council in 1885 as an engineer and remained in that position until 1919,when he resigned to stand in the 1919 election. 
In the 1896 election,Edie contested the Clutha electorate.  Before the election,he was criticised for standing for the Liberal Party,thus claiming to represent the working man,yet underpaying staff at his mine.  He was soundly beaten by the conservative incumbent,James Thomson. 
Edie contested the Bruce electorate in the 1919 election as a Liberal against the incumbent,Reform's James Allen. Edie was beaten by the small margin of 126 votes (2.15%).  After Allen's resignation in March 1920,  Edie won the Bruce electorate in a 1920 by-election.   At the time of the election,he was Mayor of Lawrence. 
In the 1922 general election he won the Clutha electorate,but lost Clutha in 1925 to the Reform candidate Fred Waite. 
Edie was for a time captain of the Tuapeka Rifles.  He was into mining,especially gold mining,and had an interest in a mine at Island Block (a locality on State Highway 8 between Beaumont and Ettrick).  He shared an interest in a farm of 900 acres (360 ha) in Tuapeka West with two sons.  
Edie died on 7 June 1928 at Lawrence after having been bed-ridden with heart problems for six months. 
His son,Herbert Kerr Edie,unsuccessfully contested the 1935 and 1938 elections in the Clutha electorate as a Labour Party candidate against James Roy.   
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