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David Buddo (23 August 1853 – 8 December 1937) was a New Zealand politician and member of the Liberal Party.

David Buddo
David Buddo.jpg
3rd Minister of Health
In office
6 January 1909 – 28 March 1912
Prime MinisterJoseph Ward
Preceded byGeorge Fowlds
Succeeded byGeorge Warren Russell
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Kaiapoi
In office
1893 – 1896
Succeeded byRichard Moore
In office
1899 – 1919
Preceded byRichard Moore
Succeeded byDavid Jones
In office
1922 – 1928
Preceded byDavid Jones
Succeeded byRichard Hawke
Member of the New Zealand Legislative Council
In office
Personal details
Born(1853-08-23)23 August 1853
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died8 December 1937(1937-12-08) (aged 84)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Political partyLiberal Party
Spouse(s)Janet Buddo
RelationsBryan Todd (son-in-law)

Early lifeEdit

Buddo was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1853. His father was a surgeon with the Indian civil service. He grew up in a rural environment. He became an engineer in Perth, Scotland and came to New Zealand in c. 1874[1] or 1877.[2] He married Janet Buddo (née Rollo) in 1886. His wife's cousin, Helen Ann Rollo Buddo, became an orphan in infancy and was brought up by them together with their own children.[1] Helen Buddo married Bryan Todd.

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1893–1896 12th Kaiapoi Liberal
1899–1902 14th Kaiapoi Liberal
1902–1905 15th Kaiapoi Liberal
1905–1908 16th Kaiapoi Liberal
1911–1914 17th Kaiapoi Liberal
1914–1919 18th Kaiapoi Liberal
1922–1925 20th Kaiapoi Liberal
1925–1928 21st Kaiapoi Liberal
1928 Changed allegiance to: United

He was a Member of the House of Representatives, representing the Kaiapoi electorate (with two interruptions, when he was defeated) from: 189396, 18991919, and 192228.[3]

He was a Cabinet minister, serving in the cabinet of Sir Joseph Ward between 1909 and 1912 as Minister of Internal Affairs and Minister of Health.[4]

After retiring from Parliament in 1928, Buddo was appointed to the Legislative Council, and served one seven-year term from 11 June 1930 to 10 June 1937, when his term ended.[5]

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[6]


Buddo collapsed on 8 December 1937 while in the office of the Christchurch Gas, Coal and Coke Company. He died on his way to hospital.[1] He was buried at Waimairi Cemetery.[7] Janet Buddo survived her husband until 1945.[1] Helen Todd survived her husband, who died in 1987.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Geoffrey W. "Buddo, David". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  2. ^ The New Zealand Liberals: The Years of Power 1891-1912 p361 by David Hamer (1988, Auckland University Press) ISBN 1-86940-014-3
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 186.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 74.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 150.
  6. ^ "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Cemeteries database". Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Industrialist Todd dies". The Dominion. 1 June 1987. p. 3.


  • Agriculture: replies to Mr. [Arnold E. V.] Richardson's report, Wellington, [N.Z.]: C.M. Banks, printers, c. 1923
  • Buddo's reply is as a member of the Board of Governors of Lincoln University College
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Edward Richardson
Member of Parliament for Kaiapoi
Succeeded by
Richard Moore
Preceded by
Richard Moore
Succeeded by
David Jones
Preceded by
David Jones
Succeeded by
Richard Hawke
Political offices
Preceded by
George Fowlds
Minister of Public Health
Succeeded by
George Warren Russell