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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Sir David Monro

Sir David Monro, Kt. Bach. M.D., the second speaker of the House of Representatives was born in Edinburgh in 1813. Educated at Edinburgh Academy, and at the Edinburgh University he obtained his degree in 1836. He also studied at the Medical Schools in Paris, Berlin and Vienna, and came to the Colony as one of the early settlers in Nelson under the New Zealand Company. Dr. Monro took a prominent part in the agitation for constitutional government. In 1849 he became a Legislative Councillor of the Province of New Munster, Middle or South Island. He gained a seat in the first New Zealand Parliament in 1854, and succeeded Sir Charles Clifford, Bart., as speaker on the 3rd of June, 1861. Five years later he was re-elected to the chair of the house, and the same year received the honour of Knighthood from the Queen. Sir David was unseated in 1871 as the result of the first election petition presented in New Zealand. He died on the 17th of February, 1877.