Muriel Hilton

Category Three: Nationally Recognised Notable New Zealanders

Date of birth

19 March 1904 at Dunedin


28 August 1999


Ernest Venn and Ann Venn


Frederick A Hilton


  • South School
  • Timaru Technical College


  • Life Member South Canterbury Council for Adult Education
  • MBE
  • Justice of the Peace

Positions held

  • Timaru City Council 1950-62 and 1965-68 (first woman Councillor)
  • Deputy Mayor of Timaru City 1956-59
  • First woman Mayor of Timaru City 1959-62 and first woman Mayor of a New Zealand city
  • South Canterbury Electric Power Board 10 years
  • First woman elected to the Executive of the New Zealand Municipal Association
  • Third President South Canterbury Council for Adult Education and held office for 18 years
  • Canterbury University Representative on National Council for Adult Education for many years
  • Member Timaru State Housing Allocation Committee
  • South Canterbury Committee Historic Places Trust
  • Committee member and for a time supervisor of the South Canterbury Historical Museum

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021