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William Denham

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Preceded by  James Hargest
Name  William Denham
Political party  Labour
Died  1969
Succeeded by  Ralph Hanan

William Denham

William Mortimer Clarence Denham (1888 – 21 September 1969) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.


Early life and career

Denham was born in Sydney, Australia in 1888 and was educated both there and in Melbourne. He shifted to New Zealand in 1907 and settled in Invercargill working as a farmer and later as a Tramway worker. For 12 years he was an employee representative to the Tramways Appeal Board.

Political career

Denham began his political career in local-body affairs. He was elected to the Invercargill City Council in 1928 and was also a member of the Southland Technical College Board.

Denham first stood for Parliament in 1928 in the Awarua electorate, placing third. He then unsuccessfully contested the Invercargill electorate in the 1931 election; of the three candidates, he came last. He represented the Invercargill electorate in the House of Representatives from 1935 to 1946, when he was defeated. He was defeated twice more for the seat in the 1949 and 1954 general elections.

Later life and death

Denham later set up a hotel in Invercargill and also became chairman of the Invercargill Savings Bank. He died on 21 September 1969 at the age of 81. He is buried at Invercargill's Eastern Cemetery, along with his wife Gwendolyn who died 1 January 1971, and his mother-in-law Ada Meadows.


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