Harold Brockett Gibson

Harold Brockett Gibson OBE (died 31 May 1975) was a New Zealand-born Fijian solicitor and politician. He served as a member of the Legislative Council and House of Representatives in three spells between 1937 and 1972. He also represented Fiji in the lawn bowls competition at the 1950 British Empire Games.

Harold Brockett Gibson
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
Preceded byJohn Maynard Hedstrom
Succeeded byFred Archibald
ConstituencyEastern (European)
In office
Preceded byFred Archibald
Succeeded byFred Archibald
ConstituencyEastern (European)
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
Preceded bySeat created
ConstituencyNorthern (General Electors)
Personal details
BornNew Zealand
Died31 May 1975 (age 77)
Labasa, Fiji
Political partyIndependent, Alliance Party



Gibson was born in New Zealand and qualified a lawyer in 1919.[1] He moved to Fiji in 1926 and settled in Labasa,[2] where he worked as a solicitor.[3] He was also involved in business, and served as a director of Eastern Hotels and the Labasa Electricity Company.[1]

Gibson represented Fiji in lawn bowls at the 1950 British Empire Games,[1] competing in the Men's Fours.

He was married to Vera and the couple had a daughter named Fay.[1]

Political career


Gibson contested the Eastern constituency of the Legislative Council in the 1937 elections and defeated incumbent MLC William Edmund Willoughby-Tottenham. He was re-elected in 1940 (again defeating Willoughby-Tottenham), and was returned unopposed in the 1944 elections. Although he lost his seat to Fred Archibald in the 1947 elections, he defeated Archibald in the 1950 elections. Gibson was re-elected again in 1953, defeating both Archibald and Willoughby-Tottenham. In the 1956 New Year Honours he was made an OBE for public services.[4] The elections later in the year saw him elected ahead of Archibald again.

Gibson was re-elected in 1959, but defeated by his old rival Archibald in the 1963 elections.[5] In the 1966 he returned to unseat Archibald in the Northern General electors seat.[6] Although he ran as an independent, he later joined the Alliance Party.[7] He retired at the 1972 elections.[1]

Gibson was also a member of Labasa Township Board, and served for one term as its chairman.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Deaths of Islands People Pacific Islands Monthly, July 1975, pp72–73
  2. ^ Death of Mr. A.B. Gibson Pacific Islands Monthly, June 1942, p35
  3. ^ Fijian magistrate was not impressed Pacific Islands Monthly, December 1943, p73
  4. ^ Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 January 1956, p24
  5. ^ Vital Period Ahead for New Fiji Legislative Council Pacific Islands Monthly, June 1963, p61
  6. ^ Fiji Election Details Pacific Islands Monthly, November 1966, p40
  7. ^ 1966 Fiji Legislative Council elections Fiji Elections