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Sir George Fowlds papers.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-A-17

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the papers consist of the office records of a Cabinet minister, his earlier and later life being less fully documented. The correspondence covers family, business, political and social matters with a wide array of people in N.Z. and overseas, particularly the United Kingdom, U.S.A., and South Africa. His regular letters to his London friend T.W. Orr provide a commentary on George Fowlds's affairs and the N.Z. scene 1906-1918. There are some 40,000 letters, together with files of newspaper clippings, documents relating to the parliamentary period, account books and other records of his many-sided business affairs, correspondence relating to a large number of organisations, drafts of speeches, articles, sermons and reminiscences, books and other printed matter including photographs and cartoons.


  • 1872 - 1934


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Biographical / Historical

Sir George Fowlds (1860-1934) was a Scot who spent some years in South Africa before moving to Auckland. He soon became a well-to-do clothier. His radical ideas encouraged him to stand for Parliament and he was elected in 1899. In 1906 he was appointed Minister of Education and Public Health in the Ward Ministry with George Hogben as Inspector-General of Schools. In 1911 Fowlds resigned from the Ministry and became associated with the United Labour Party. He was not re-elected to Parliament, and devoted his life to public affairs- - patriotic organisations and the Temperance movement, and later as President of Auckland University College and other bodies. He was a leader of the Congregational Union and of the Freemasons .He was well known for his radical views on social questions as a single tax and was also an advocate of proportional representation, town planning, secular education and other reforms.


8.9 metres

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mr George Matthew Fowlds eldest son of Sir George Fowlds in 1939.


NRAM A806.

Inventory of the papers of Sir George Fowlds, 1872 - 1934.
Frank Rogers
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand