James Stuart-Wortley (New Zealand politician)

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James Frederick Stuart-Wortley JP (16 January 1833 – 27 November 1870) was a politician in New Zealand and the UK.


Stuart-Wortley was born in York, UK, in 1833 and was the third son of the 2nd Lord Wharncliffe and his wife, Lady Georgiana Elizabeth Ryder.[1] He was the younger brother of the 1st Earl of Wharncliffe (1827–1899).[2] Charles Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie and James Stuart-Wortley were his uncles.[3] Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby was his maternal grandfather.

In 1850 he travelled to New Zealand as a colonist on the Charlotte Jane, one of the First Four Ships sent by the Canterbury Association.[4] In his first year, he lived with other bachelors in LytteltonCharles Bowen, Thomas Hanmer, and Charles Maunsell—in a place dubbed "Singleton House" by Charlotte Godley.[5]

He bought 500 acres (200 ha) of land at Tai Tapu near Halswell.[6] In October 1852, he purchased Run 53, located between Lake Ellesmere / Te Waihora and the Selwyn River / Waikirikiri. He on-sold the land in June 1853 and it became part of the Harman and Davie's Station.[7] Stuart-Wortley then started Hawkeswood Station in partnership with others. This station was located north of the Waiau River.[7]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1853–1855 1st Christchurch Country Independent

On 27 August 1853, he was elected to the 1st New Zealand Parliament as a representative of the Christchurch Country electorate,[8] which consisted of rural Canterbury and much of Westland. He resigned his seat on 18 July 1855[8] and returned to the United Kingdom.[9] His seat stayed vacant until the next election, which was held on 20 December 1855 in the Christchurch Country electorate.[10]

After the first session of Parliament finished in August 1854, Stuart-Wortley travelled with Frederick Weld from Auckland (where Parliament met in those years) to Tauranga, Maketu and Rotorua.[11]

He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in early 1858.[12] He returned to England later in 1858.[6]

In the UK, he stood for election to the House of Commons at the 1865 general election, when he was an unsuccessful Conservative Party candidate for Sheffield.[13]

Stuart-Wortley died in England in November 1870, aged 37.[14]


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  6. 6.0 6.1 Sewell 1980, p. 168.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Acland 1946, p. 94.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Scholefield 1950, p. 141.
  9. Cyclopedia Company 1903, p. 91.
  10. Scholefield 1950, p. 97.
  11. "English cottage home to NZ premier's works". Waikato Times. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Notices of Motion". Daily Southern Cross. Volume XV (Issue 1112). 23 February 1858. p. 3. Retrieved 21 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Craig 1989, p. 273.
  14. "Special Telegrams". Star (Issue 807). 27 December 1870. p. 4. Retrieved 21 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Christchurch Country
Served alongside: Jerningham Wakefield
Succeeded by
Dingley Askham Brittin
John Hall