Alexander Shepherd (public servant)

Alexander Shepherd
2nd Colonial Treasurer
In office
9 May 1842  14 June 1854
Preceded by George Cooper
Succeeded by Dillon Bell
Personal details
Born c. 1797/98
Died 20 July 1859
New Zealand
Relations Frederick Whitaker (son-in-law)
Maurice O'Rorke (son-in-law)

Alexander Shepherd (c. 1797/98 – 20 July 1859) was the second Colonial Treasurer of New Zealand.


Shepherd was born in Aberdeen. He arrived in Wellington on the New York Packet from London in 1842, where he was delayed by a month before the next vessel went to Auckland, then the seat of the Government.[1]

Shepherd was appointed Colonial Treasurer on 9 May 1842, succeeding George Cooper.[2] He thus became a member of the Executive Council of the Crown Colony, with the role of Colonial Treasurer being the fourth most senior role at the time (after Governor, Colonial Secretary and Attorney-General).[3] When New Zealand gained self-government with the formation of the Fitzgerald Ministry on 14 June 1854, Shepherd's role was disestablished and he was given a government pension.[1][2]

Shepherd's stepdaughter, Jane Augusta Griffith, married Frederick Whitaker at St. Paul's Church in Auckland on 4 March 1843.[4] His second daughter, Cecilia Mary, married Maurice O'Rorke on 31 December 1858.[5]

Shepherd died on 20 July 1859 aged 61 years[6] in Auckland after a short illness.[7]


  1. 1 2 Cyclopedia Company Limited (1897). "Mr. George Cooper". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Wellington Provincial District. Wellington. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  2. 1 2 Scholefield 1950, p. 16.
  3. Scholefield 1950, p. 15.
  4. Stone, R. C. J. "Whitaker, Frederick – Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  5. Rogers, Frank. "O'Rorke, George Maurice – Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  6. "Died". Daily Southern Cross. XVI (1238). 22 July 1859. p. 3. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  7. "Died". Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle. XVIII (63). 6 August 1859. p. 2. Retrieved 13 January 2012.


Political offices
Preceded by
George Cooper
Colonial Treasurer
Succeeded by
Dillon Bell
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