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Hubert Thomas "Tim" Armstrong (28 September 1875 – 8 November 1942) was a New Zealand politician in the Labour Party.

Tim Armstrong
Tim Armstrong 1935.jpg
12th Minister of Health
In office
30 April 1940 – 21 January 1941
Prime MinisterPeter Fraser
Preceded byPeter Fraser
Succeeded byArnold Nordmeyer
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Christchurch East
In office
1922 – 1942
Preceded byHenry Thacker
Succeeded byMabel Howard
13th President of the Labour Party
In office
Vice PresidentJames Roberts
LeaderMichael Joseph Savage
Preceded byFrank Langstone
Succeeded byWalter Nash
Personal details
Born(1875-09-28)28 September 1875
Bulls, New Zealand
Died8 November 1942(1942-11-08) (aged 67)
Wellington, New Zealand
Resting placeChristchurch, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Alice Fox (m. 7 March 1900)
ChildrenOne daughter, four sons, including Tommy Armstrong


Early lifeEdit

Armstrong was born in Bulls to the recent Irish immigrants Mary Newcombe and her husband, Martin Armstrong. His father was a blacksmith by trade, but worked as a labourer in New Zealand. His mother was a nurse and washerwoman. Tim Armstrong left school when he was eleven and worked in flax milling and in the bush. In 1895, he started in the mines at Waihi. He married Alice Fox on 7 March 1900 at Paeroa.[1]

One of his sons, Tommy Armstrong, was also a Member of Parliament for Napier for the Labour party.[2]

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1922–1925 21st Christchurch East Labour
1925–1928 22nd Christchurch East Labour
1928–1931 23rd Christchurch East Labour
1931–1935 24th Christchurch East Labour
1935–1938 25th Christchurch East Labour
1938–1942 26th Christchurch East Labour

Armstrong was elected to the Christchurch City Council from 1919 to 1925, and again from 1927 to 1929.[3]

He was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Christchurch North in the 1919 general election. As a unionist who had spent a year in Lyttelton goal for sedition, he had no chance of being elected in this well off electorate, and the incumbent, Leonard Isitt, was successful.[1]

He represented the Christchurch seat of Christchurch East from the 1922 general election to 1942, when he died.[2]

He held ministerial positions in the First Labour Government, including Minister of Health, although he was replaced by Arnold Nordmeyer in 1941, because of the problems negotiating with doctors over Labour's health proposals. Other ministerial positions include Minister of Labour and Minister of Immigration.[2]


Armstrong died of heart disease in Wellington in 1942.[1] He was buried at Bromley Cemetery on 12 November 1942.[4]

Further readingEdit

  • Kendrick, B. (1950), Hubert Thomas Armstrong: Miner, Unionist, Politician [MA -University of Auckland]


  1. ^ a b c McAloon, Jim. "Armstrong, Hubert Thomas". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
  3. ^ "Councillors of the City of Christchurch 1862 to current". Christchurch City Council. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Fraser
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Arnold Nordmeyer
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Henry Thacker
Member of Parliament for Christchurch East
Succeeded by
Mabel Howard
Party political offices
Preceded by
Frank Langstone
President of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Walter Nash