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James Alexander Robertson Menzies

James Alexander Robertson Menzies (21 February 1821 – 18 August 1888) was the first Superintendent of the Southland Province in New Zealand from 3 August 1861 to November 1864 during its breakaway from Otago Province (1861 to 1870).[1] He continued serving on the Provincial Council after his superintendency ended.[2]

During his tenure as Superintendent, two railways projects were undertaken, a railway to link Invercargill to the port at Bluff and a wooden railway to Winton. The former is now known as the Bluff Branch, while the latter was upgraded to the standards of a normal railway and extended to ultimately form the Kingston Branch.[1]

He served on the Legislative Council for 30 years, from 1858 until his death in 1888, and promoted the interests of Southland.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Hall-Jones, John. "Menzies, James Alexander Robertson". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Portrait of Dr J. A. R. Menzies". Southland District Council. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
Political offices
First Superintendent of Southland Province
Succeeded by
John Parkin Taylor