Matthew Kirkbride

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Kirkbride c. 1902

Matthew Middlewood Kirkbride (13 August 1848 – 4 November 1906) was an independent conservative Member of Parliament in New Zealand.

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Biography

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateParty
1902 1905 15th Manukau Independent
1905 1906 16th Manukau Independent

Born in Ulleskelf in Yorkshire, Kirkbride arrived in New Zealand in July 1863. [1]

He was a friend and neighbour of William Massey, with whom he shared positions on local government. Kirkbride was one of the people who persuaded Massey in 1893 to stand for Parliament; [1] Massey was beaten in Franklin that year, but was successful in an 1894 by-election. [2]

Kirkbride was elected to the Manukau electorate in the 1902 election, [3] when he defeated the incumbent, Maurice O'Rorke. [1] He won the 1905 election against Liberal Ralph Duncan Stewart. [1] He held the Manukau electorate until he died in 1906. [3] His death caused the 6 December 1906 by-election in Manukau, which was won by Frederic Lang. [4]

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Death of an MHR". Otago Witness (2747). 7 November 1906. p. 21. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  2. Gustafson, Barry. "Massey, William Ferguson - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  3. 1 2 Scholefield 1950, p. 118.
  4. Scholefield 1950, p. 119.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Maurice O'Rorke
Member of Parliament for Manukau
1902–1906
Succeeded by
Frederic Lang