John Luke (politician)
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Sir John-Pearce Luke
|20th Mayor of Wellington|
|Preceded by||David McLaren|
|Succeeded by||Robert Alexander Wright|
|Born||16 July 1858
Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom
|Died||13 March 1931
Wellington, New Zealand
|Political party||Liberal (1908–1918)
|Relations||Charles Luke (brother)|
Sir John-Pearce Luke, CMG (1858–1931) was a New Zealand politician. Luke was Mayor of Wellington from 1913–1921 and Member of Parliament for Wellington Suburbs 1908–1911 and Wellington North 1918–1928. His brother Charles Manley Luke had previously also been Mayor of Wellington in 1895. The Luke brothers were always known by their first two names, although Sir John Pearce was also nicknamed Peanut, because he was short.
City council and Mayor
Luke was first elected to the city council in 1898 and served between that year and 1911. He was responsible for the expansion of the Wellington tramway system. For many years he was president of the New Zealand Engineers and Iron masters Association, and was actively associated with the Wellington Industrial Association, the Wellington District Hospital Board, the Wellington Technical Education Board, and the Navy League. The Returned Soldiers Association conferred upon them the honour of life membership of the organisation.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
His political career began in 1908 with his election as member for Wellington Suburbs for the Liberal Party, but he lost his seat at the 1911 general election to Reform candidate William Henry Dillon Bell. From 1911 until 1918 he was not a member of Parliament, and was re-elected to Parliament in the 1918 by-election as a member of the Reform Party and again 1919, in the Wellington North electorate. He held this electorate continuously until the general election of 1928, when he was defeated by the Labour candidate, by a margin of 47 votes.
He was leader of the New Zealand delegation which visited South Africa in 1924 in connection with the Empire Parliamentary Association.
- Lukes Lane in the Wellington CBD is named after the family business, Lukes' Foundry, which was sited there; years later, Sir John Pearce's sons set up Luke Bros foundry near Chaffers Street. Lukes' Foundry built New Zealand's first steel ship, and several lighthouses.
- Sir John Pearce and his wife, Lady Luke, donated the decorative iron gates at the entrance to Central Park, in Brooklyn, Wellington.
- Lady Luke was President of the Victoria League Wellington Branch from 1920 to 1922
- Perry, Stuart (1969), No Mean City, Wellington, [N.Z.]: Wellington City Council
|New Zealand Parliament|
Title last held byThomas Wilford
|Member of Parliament for Wellington Suburbs
Title next held byRobert Alexander Wright
|Mayor of Wellington
Robert Alexander Wright