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Charles Edward de la Barca MacMillan (December 1872 – 9 January 1941) was a New Zealand politician. He was Mayor of Tauranga (1915–1917) and a member of the House of Representatives (1923–1935).

Charles MacMillan
Charles MacMillan.jpg
15th Mayor of Tauranga
In office
5 May 1915 – 2 May 1917
Preceded byBenjamin Robbins
Succeeded byJohn Cuthbert Adams
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tauranga
In office
23 March 1923 – 1 November 1935
Preceded byWilliam Herries
Succeeded byCharles Harris Burnett
Personal details
BornDecember 1872
Saint Croix, Danish West Indies
Died9 January 1941 (aged 69)
Tauranga, New Zealand
Political partyReform

Early lifeEdit

MacMillan was born in Saint Croix in the Danish West Indies in December 1872.[1] His father, Donald MacMillan,[2] had been a paymaster with the Royal Navy and was later a sugar planter.[1] His mother, Maria Elise Barca, was the Baroness de la Barca, the daughter of Baron de la Barca.[3] Following an uprising by workers in 1879, the MacMillans left Saint Croix.[3]

MacMillan came to New Zealand with his parents and two siblings on the May Queen in 1881.[2] They were part of the George Vesey Stewart Special Settlement to Te Puke, however his father wanted to be closer to the sea and thus bought land at Katikati.[2]

In 1900, he married Ethel Latham. They moved to Tauranga in 1908.[3]

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1923–1925 21st Tauranga Reform
1925–1928 22nd Tauranga Reform
1928–1931 23rd Tauranga Reform
1931–1935 24th Tauranga Reform

MacMillan was the 15th Mayor of Tauranga and served from 1915 to 1917. In the 1915 mayoral election, he defeated John Cuthbert Adams.[4] In the 1917 mayoral election, Adams narrowly defeated MacMillan (by 292 to 276 votes).[5]

Standing for the Reform Party, he won the Tauranga electorate in the 1923 by-election[6] after the death of William Herries,[7] and held it to 1935[6] when he was defeated by the Labour candidate, Charles Harris Burnett. He was a cabinet minister in the United-Reform coalition government (Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Mines from 13 February 1932 to 6 December 1935).[8] He was subsequently granted the right to retain the title of "Honourable", having served more than three years as a member of the Executive Council.[9] In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[10]


MacMillan died in Tauranga on 9 January 1941.[1] He was survived by his wife, his son, two daughters, and two sisters.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Former Minister". The New Zealand Herald. LXXVIII (23860). 10 January 1941. p. 9. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c McCauley, Debbie. "Lilian Marie Elise De la Barca Macmillan (1883–1969)". Tauranga City Libraries. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mr. C. E. MacMillan". The Evening Post. CXXXI (7). 9 January 1941. p. 9. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Further Results In Other Places". lxxxix (100). The Evening Post. 29 April 1915. p. 8. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  5. ^ "The Tauranga Elections". Thames Star. LVIII (18325). 26 April 1917. p. 4. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b Scholefield 1950, p. 124.
  7. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 113.
  8. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 49.
  9. ^ "No. 34275". The London Gazette. 17 April 1936. p. 2487.
  10. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. CXIX (105). 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 11 January 2016.


  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
William Herries
Member of Parliament for Tauranga
Succeeded by
Charles Harris Burnett