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Edward Jollie (1 September 1825 – 7 August 1894) was a pioneer land surveyor in New Zealand, initially as a cadet surveyor with the New Zealand Company. The Christchurch Central City is laid out to his survey.

Edward Jollie
Portrait of a bearded man possibly in his 50s
Edward Jollie
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Cheviot
In office
Personal details
Born1 September 1825
Died7 August 1894(1894-08-07) (aged 68)
Spouse(s)Caroline Orsmond Jollie
RelationsFrancis Jollie (brother)


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1859–1860 2nd Cheviot Independent

Jollie was born in 1825. The family was from Brampton, Carlisle, England. His father was the Reverend Francis Jollie, and he was the fourth son.[1] He followed his elder brother Francis to New Zealand, arriving on the barque Brougham in Wellington in 1842. Later he worked in the Wairau, and in Canterbury, where he laid out the new town of Christchurch in 1850.

Later he was briefly the first Member of Parliament for the Cheviot electorate 1859–1860,[2] being elected in December 1859.[3] In his diary, he says about his parliamentary career that "In the Assembly I voted with the Government, but only spoke once in a debate, and then briefly."[4]

He farmed in Southbridge, Canterbury. He was active on the Canterbury Provincial Council from 1865 until the abolition of the provinces in 1876. He held several posts including Secretary of Public Works and Provincial Treasurer.

He lived with his wife, Caroline, six daughters and two sons in Europe from 1877 and when they returned to New Zealand in 1884 settled in Patea. His wife encouraged him to write an autobiography for the benefit of their children, and he began writing his reminiscences in 1872.[5]


  • "Index". Edward Jollie - Reminisces 1841–1865. Wellington: Alexander Turnbull Library. 1880. Retrieved 18 November 2014.


  1. ^ McLintock, A. H., ed. (22 April 2009) [First ed. published 1966]. "JOLLIE, Francis". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Te Manatū Taonga. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  2. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 260. OCLC 154283103.
  3. ^ "Local Intelligence". Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle. XIX (06). 21 January 1860. p. 2. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  4. ^ "9. Auckland: 1860-1861". Canterbury Heritage. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Beginnings". Edward Jollie - Reminisces 1841–1865. Wellington: Alexander Turnbull Library. 12 August 1872. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  • Holm, Janet (2005). Caught Mapping: The Life and Times of New Zealand’s Early Surveyors. Christchurch: Hazard Press. ISBN 1-877270-86-5.
New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Cheviot
Succeeded by
Frederick Weld