(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
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
, Hawke's Bay
."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......