Nelson, Marlborough and Westland


RENWICK, Dr. Thomas

Pages 24, 26, 28

Dr. Thomas Renwick

SUPERINTENDENTS OF NELSON: ...There were three candidates for the position of first Superintendent of the Province; namely, Mr. E. W. Stafford, Mr. Francis Jollie, and Mr. J. W. Saxton. The elections were held on the 1st of August, 1853, when the returns were: Stafford, 251; Saxton, 206; Jollie, 130. For the five town seats, Dr. Sinclair, Dr. Renwick, Mr. W. Hough, Dr. Bush, and Mr. H. Adams were elected...

PRESENT AND PAST MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT: ...In the fifth Parliament, of which the first session opened in 1871, Nelson was represented in the Legislation Council by four membes - Messrs. T. Renwick, M. Richmond, W. Robinson and T. H. Wigley...

THE HON. THOMAS RENWICK, M. D., sometime a Member of the Legislative Council, was one of Nelson's earliest colonists. He came to New Zealand in 1842, in the ship `Thomas Harrison,' which brought out under his charge, as medical officer, the wives and families of the first pioneers, who had previously arrived in the Colony, and had begun the work of forming the Nelson settlement. Dr. Renwick was a native of Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and the second son of Mr. Herbert Renwick, of the Parks of Duymgree. He graduated in the Edinburgh University, and after practising for a short time in Kent, and going a voyage to India as surgeon of a large passenger ship, he sailed for Nelson, where he quickly became a most popular doctor and good citizen. He was one of the first members of the Provincial Council of New Zealand, and was called to the Legislative Council in 1863. In 1848 the estate of "Dumgree," in Marlborough, was taken up for Dr. Renwick by Mr. George McRae, and the property is still in the possession of the family. Dr. Renwick died on the 28th of November, 1879, at his residence "Newstead," Nelson.

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