Robert Hart (New Zealand)

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Robert Hart (1814 – 16 September 1894) was a New Zealand politician.

He left London in April 1843 on board the Mary, arriving in Wellington on 9 August 1843.

He was also baptised on 4th April 1815

He was a well-known solicitor and barrister in Wellington, first with the firm Messrs Holroyd and Hart, then for many years as the principal member of the firm Messrs Hart and Buckley."Obituary: Death of the Hon Robert Hart", in Taranaki Herald, Volume XLIII, Issue 10110, 17 September 1894, Page 2.

He was elected in 1853 to the 1st New Zealand Parliament, representing the City of Wellington electorate, but did not serve in any further Parliaments. He contested the 27 December 1856 by-election against Samuel Revans in the Hutt electorate and gained 24 votes against 96 for Revans.

In 1859, he was appointed Judge of the District Courts of Wellington, Hawke's Bay and Wanganui."New Zealand Gazette", in Daily Southern Cross, Volume XVI, Issue 1240, 29 July 1859, Page 5. He was appointed to the Legislative Council on 9 August 1872, and remained a member until his death in 1894.

He married Catherine McLean on 10 January 1867 at St. Andrew's Church, Wellington. Catherine was the sister of Donald McLean, the Superintendent of Hawke's Bay Province."Marriages", in Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXIII, Issue 2962, 22 January 1867, Page......
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