Scobie Mackenzie

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1884–1887 9th Mount Ida Independent
1887–1890 10th Mount Ida Independent
1890–1893 11th Mount Ida Independent
1896–1899 13th City of Dunedin Independent

Mackay John Scobie Mackenzie (23 January 1845 – 15 September 1901), known as Scobie, was an independent conservative Member of Parliament in New Zealand.


Mackenzie was born in Tain in Scotland in 1845. He moved from Victoria to the Otago region in 1870 to manage the Deepdell sheep station on an invitation by Donald McLean and Matthew Holmes. He married Jessy Adela Bell in 1876, the only daughter of Dillon Bell.[1]

He first stood for the House of Representatives in the 1881 election in the Mount Ida electorate and was only narrowly beaten by the incumbent, Cecil de Lautour.[1] He represented the Mount Ida electorate from 1884 to 1893, when he was defeated for Waihemo.[2] In 1884 he supported the Stout–Vogel Ministry and became the government's Whip.[3] However Mackenzie would later leave the Stout-Vogelites in protest of new tariffs and the notion of female enfranchisement, joining the opposition conservative MPs.[1] In 1894 he came second in the 1894 by-election for Tuapeka.

He then represented the multi-member City of Dunedin electorate from 1896 to 1899 when he was defeated.[2]

Mackenzie died at his home in Dunedin on 15 December 1901, and was buried at Andersons Bay Cemetery.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d Brooking, Tom. "Mackenzie, Mackay John Scobie". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 123.
  3. ^ "Late Cablegrams". Mount Ida Chronicle. Vol. XIV, no. 778. 28 August 1884. p. 3. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Cemetery details". Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Mount Ida
In abeyance
Title next held by
Alexander Herdman