Henry Fish

Henry Smith Fish (15 July 1838 – 23 September 1897) was a 19th-century New Zealand politician.wikipedia
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Mayor of Dunedin

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He was Mayor of Dunedin for a total of six years.

Women's suffrage in New Zealand

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Smith is remembered as one of the staunch opponents of Women's suffrage.
This also led to politicians who supported the alcohol industry opposing women's suffrage, like the MP for South Dunedin Henry Fish.

Dunedin South

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He represented the Dunedin South electorate from 1881 to 1884 when he was defeated, then from 1887 to 1890.
During the nine years of its first existence, the electorate was represented by two MPs, Henry Fish (1881–1884 and 1887–1890) and James Gore (1884–1887).

Dunedin (New Zealand electorate)

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He then held one of the three seats for the City of Dunedin multi-member electorate from 1890 to 1893 when he was defeated, and from 1896 to 1897, when he died.
They beat William Reynolds, James Macassey Henry Fish, James Grant and John Armstrong.

Alexander Sligo

He was replaced by Alexander Sligo.
He won one of the three seats for the City of Dunedin multi-member electorate in the, held after MP Henry Fish died.


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Fish was born in Pimlico, London, in 1838.


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He received his education at Cave House School and from 1849 at Melbourne, where the family settled.

The Ovens, Nova Scotia

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He accompanied his father to the gold diggings in The Ovens, Nova Scotia.


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Afterwards, he worked in his father's painting and glazier business in Melbourne, and from around 1863, in Dunedin, to where the family relocated.

St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin

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On 31 January 1867, he married Jane Carr at Dunedin's St Paul's Church.

Otago Province

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Fish represented the Dunedin electorate on the Otago Provincial Council in 1870, and from 1873 until the abolition of provincial government in 1876.

Harriet Morison

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In 1892, she led a women's movement against Henry Fish's bid for the mayoralty of Dunedin.

1897 City of Dunedin by-election

The by-election was caused by the death of incumbent MP Henry Fish and was won by Alexander Sligo.

Kate Sheppard

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Using paid canvassers, the Liberal MP Henry Fish organised two counter petitions, one signed by men and the other by women; they received 5,000 signatures between them.