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Years Term Electorate Party
1871–1875 5th Waimea Independent
1879–1881 7th Waimea Independent
1881–1884 8th Waimea Independent
1884–1885 9th Waimea Independent

Joseph Shephard (1822 – 25 October 1898) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament from Nelson, New Zealand.


Shephard arrived in Nelson in 1861 on the Donna Lita.[1] For several years, he was an editor for the Nelson newspaper Colonist.[1]

He unsuccessfully contested the Waimea electorate in the 1867 by-election, and the City of Nelson electorate in the 1868 by-election.[2][3]

He represented the Waimea electorate from 1871 to 1875, when he was defeated; and from 1879 to 1885 when he resigned.[4] At the nomination meeting on 5 September 1879, Shephard, Albert Pitt, Oswald Curtis and Acton Adams were proposed, the latter three without their knowledge or consent, presumably by opponents of George Grey who had the support of Shephard.[5] With Pitt, Curtis and Adams all formally withdrawing from the contest, the returning officer declared Shephard elected unopposed.[6]

He was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1885, where he served until he died in 1898.[4]


  1. ^ a b Cyclopedia Company Limited (1906). "Present And Past Members Of Parliament". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  2. ^ "The Nomination". Colonist. X (738). 25 June 1867. p. 3. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Election for the Waimeas". Colonist. X (741). 5 July 1867. p. 4. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. pp. 164, 234. OCLC 154283103.
  5. ^ "Waimea Nomination". Nelson Evening Mail. XIV (201). 5 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Electoral District of Waimea". Colonist. XXII (2598). 9 September 1879. p. 2. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Edward Baigent
Member of Parliament for Waimea
Succeeded by
Edward Baigent
Preceded by
Edward Baigent
Succeeded by
John Kerr