Charles Wilkinson (politician)

Wilkinson in 1935.

Charles Anderson Wilkinson CBE (19 July 1868 – 3 November 1956)[1] was a Reform Party (New Zealand), then Independent Member of Parliament for Egmont, in the North Island. He also served as mayor of Eltham from 1941 to 1947.

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1912–1914 18th Egmont Reform
1914–1919 19th Egmont Reform
1928–1931 23rd Egmont Independent
1931–1935 24th Egmont Independent
1935–1938 25th Egmont Independent
1938–1943 26th Egmont Independent

Wilkinson represented the Egmont electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives from a 1912 by-election to 1919 (when he retired) and then again between 1928 and 1943.

Wilkinson was a Reform MP between 1912–1919 and an Independent from 1928 to 1943[2][3] In 1935 and 1938 he was not opposed by National, and he habitually voted with National.[4] He was briefly involved with the National Party, but after he lost its first leadership vote by one vote against Adam Hamilton, he continued to represent the Egmont electorate as an Independent.[5]

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[6] In the 1951 New Year Honours, Wilkinson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for public services.[7]


  1. ^ Ralston, Bruce. "Wilkinson, Charles Anderson, 1868-1956". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  2. ^ Wood, G. Antony (ed.) (1996). Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press. p. 105.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Habershon, Richard G. (1958). A Study in Politics: 1928-1931 [M.A.- University of Auckland]. p. xxvi.
  4. ^ Milne, Robert Stephen (1966). Political Parties in New Zealand. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press. p. 76.
  5. ^ Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 295. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
  6. ^ "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  7. ^ "No. 39106". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1951. p. 40.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Thomas Mackenzie
Member of Parliament for Egmont
Succeeded by
Oswald Hawken
Preceded by
Oswald Hawken
Succeeded by
Ernest Corbett