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Charles Macintosh (rugby union)

Charles Nicholson Macintosh (6 June 1869 – 14 September 1918) was a New Zealand rugby union player and politician. He served as Mayor of Timaru between 1901 and 1902.

Charles Macintosh
Birth nameCharles Nicholson Macintosh
Date of birth(1869-06-06)6 June 1869
Place of birthTimaru, New Zealand
Date of death14 September 1918(1918-09-14) (aged 49)
Place of deathRio de Janeiro, Brazil
SchoolTimaru Boys' High School
Notable relative(s)Robert Reynolds Macintosh (son)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
All Black No. 39
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1888–96 South Canterbury ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1893 New Zealand 0 (0)

Early life and familyEdit

Born in Timaru in 1869, Macintosh was educated at Timaru Boys' High School.[1] On 28 May 1890 he married Lydia Beatrice Thompson in Timaru.[2] Their children included the anaesthetist Robert Reynolds Macintosh, who was born in 1897.[3]

Rugby unionEdit

A forward, Macintosh represented South Canterbury at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, on their 1893 tour of Australia. On that tour he played in four matches, including wins over New South Wales and Queensland.[1]

Political careerEdit

Macintosh was first elected as a member of the Timaru Borough Council in 1896.[4] In 1898 he was also elected to the Timaru Harbour Board.[5] Despite the local newspaper, The Timaru Herald, not supporting him,[6] he was elected Mayor of Timaru in 1901,[7] and served a one-year term, after which he stood down.[8]

Later lifeEdit

On 29 April 1903 Macintosh left Timaru, saying that he was visiting a farm near Temuka. Instead, he travelled by train to Lyttelton and then ship to Wellington, from where he sailed for South America. A warrant for his arrest was issued on 4 May, relating to a charge of fraud in a property transaction, and on 22 June 1903 he was declared bankrupt.[9]

Macintosh settled and worked in commerce in Buenos Aires.[10] He died while on business in Rio de Janeiro in 1918.[1] In 1940 his son, John Nicholson Macintosh, was appointed British vice-consul in Santa Fe, Argentina.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Knight, Lindsay. "Charles Mackintosh". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Marriage". Southland Times. 2 June 1890. p. 2. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ Keith Sykes (2004). Macintosh, Sir Robert Reynolds (1897–1989) in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Borough elections". Timaru Herald. 11 September 1896. p. 3. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Town & country". Timaru Herald. 8 March 1898. p. 2. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  6. ^ "The Timaru Herald". The Timaru Herald. LXIV (3526). 25 March 1901. p. 2. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  7. ^ "The municipal elections". Timaru Herald. 25 April 1901. p. 3. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Town & country". Timaru Herald. 10 February 1902. p. 2. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  9. ^ "In bankruptcy: re C. N. Macintosh". Timaru Herald. 4 July 1903. p. 4. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Personal items". Timaru Herald. 13 August 1913. p. 7. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Personal items". Evening Post. 14 May 1940. p. 9. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hole
Mayor of Timaru
Succeeded by
James Craigie