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Years Term Electorate Party
1853–1855 1st Pensioner Settlements Independent
1855–1857 2nd Pensioner Settlements Independent

Joseph Greenwood (1818 – 18 July 1861) was born in St. Pancras, London. His parents were Thomas Greenwood and Esther née Munden. Joseph was a soldier and New Zealand politician. He joined the 31st Regiment of Foot in Bengal, India, where he distinguished himself as a lieutenant, under General George Pollock in the First Anglo-Afghan War, and wrote an account which was considered an authority on the campaign.

In 1847 he went to New Zealand as brigade major on staff of Major-General George Dean Pitt (1781–1851), and in the same capacity served Major-General Robert Wynyard (1802–1864) on the death of General Pitt. He served in the first and second New Zealand Parliaments, representing the Pensioner Settlements electorate consisting of the Auckland suburbs of Howick, Onehunga, Otahuhu, and Panmure. He resigned from Parliament on 3 August 1857, around halfway through its second term.[1] He also served on the Auckland Provincial Council, representing the Pensioner Settlements electorate from 1855 to 1857.[2]

In 1850 he travelled from Auckland to Taupo, and published an account of his travels. Greenwood owned extensive properties in Mangarei (Mangere), and built a house there in 1852. He died at No. 21 Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, London on 18 July 1861 aged 42.[3]

His son Colin Halkett Greenwood (1846–1894), was a landscape painter.

Books publishedEdit

  • 1844: Narrative of the late Victorious Campaign in Affghanistan, under General Pollock: With recollections of seven years' service in India. London: H. Colburn (2 editions in 1844)
  • 1850: Journey to Taupo, from Auckland: Haerenga ki Taupo, i Akarana; translated by C. O. Davis. Auckland, N.Z.: Williamson and Wilson "Reprinted from the setting used in the instalments which appeared in the Maori Messenger, 9 May – 4 July 1850"


  1. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 201.
  2. ^ Scholefield 1950, p. 183.
  3. ^ "Deaths". Hawke's Bay Herald. 5 (227). 28 October 1861. p. 2. Retrieved 17 January 2016.


  • Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer.
  • 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
New constituency Member of Parliament for Pensioner Settlements
Served alongside: John Bacot, John Williamson
Succeeded by
Jermyn Symonds