Sir William Hall-Jones

Category One: Persons of Prominent International Standing

Date of Birth

16 January 1851 at Folkestone, Kent, England


19 June 1936 at Wellington


Rosalind Lucy Purss 1877


Two sons and three daughters


  • English public schools
  • Apprenticeship as a joiner


  • Member of Timaru Borough Council (five years)
  • Member of Levels Road Board (three years)
  • MP for Timaru 1890-1908
  • Government Whip 1891-93
  • Minister of Justice, Public Works, Marine and Railways in Seddon administration
  • Became Acting Prime Minister in 1906 when Seddon visited Australia

On Seddon’s death several weeks later Hall-Jones agreed to become Prime Minister but only until the return from overseas of Sir Joseph Ward. Hall-Jones was a Minister in the Ward Government and in 1908 became New Zealand High Commissioner to London, serving four years. On returning to New Zealand he became a member of the Legislative Council until his death. Seddon said of Hall-Jones : “He is the best administrator I have in my cabinet.”


  • Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) 1910
  • Life Member Timaru Oddfellows Lodge
  • Awarded the Freedom of Folkestone 1928

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021