John Davies Ormond

John Davies Ormond

John Davies Ormond (1831 – 6 October 1917) was a New Zealand politician whose positions included Superintendent of Hawke's Bay Province, Minister of Public Works and member of the New Zealand Legislative Council.

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
18611866 3rd Clive Independent
18661870 4th Clive Independent
18711875 5th Clive Independent
18761879 6th Clive Independent
18791881 7th Clive Independent
18841887 9th Napier Independent
18871890 10th Napier Independent

He represented the Clive electorate in Parliament from 1861 to 1881, when he was defeated (standing for the electorate of Waipawa). He then represented the Napier electorate from 1884 to 1890, when he retired.

He was appointed to the Legislative Council on 20 January 1891 and served until his death on 6 October 1917.[1] He was appointed to the Council as one of seven new members (including Harry Atkinson himself) appointed to the Council by the outgoing fourth Atkinson Ministry; a move regarded by Liberals as a stacking of the upper house against the new government.

Ormond was baptised on 28 June 1831.[2] He came from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, (then Berkshire), England, and established a homestead called Wallingford in Central Hawke's Bay in 1847, which became a major farming station.

Businessman and farmer Sir John Ormond, politician and farmer Tiaki Omana, and politician and Historic Places Trust chairman Ormond Wilson[3] were his grandsons. His brother-in-law and husband of his sister was the Governor of Jamaica, Edward John Eyre.[2] His second great-granddaughter is the Headmistress, Ormond Felicity Lusk. He married Hannah Richardson on 4 December 1860, the sister of George Edward Gordon Richardson.[2] He died on 6 October 1917 at his home 'Tintagel' in Napier.[4]


  1. Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 82.
  2. 1 2 3 Boyd, Mary. "Ormond, John Davies". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  3. Paul, Janet. "Wilson, George Hamish Ormond". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  4. "Death". The Hastings Standard. VII (295). 8 October 1917. p. 4. Retrieved 14 April 2015.

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New Zealand Parliament
New constituency Member of Parliament for Clive
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
John Buchanan
Member of Parliament for Napier
Succeeded by
George Henry Swan
Political offices
Preceded by
Donald McLean
Superintendent of Hawke's Bay Province
Provincial Councils abolished
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