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Clarence Skinner (politician)


Clarence Skinner (politician)

The Honourable
Clarence Skinner
3rd Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
12 December 1957 – 12 December 1960
Prime Minister Walter Nash
Preceded by Jack Marshall
Succeeded by Jack Marshall
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Motueka
In office
1938 – 1946
Preceded by Keith Holyoake
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Buller
In office
1946 – 1962
Preceded by Paddy Webb
Succeeded by Bill Rowling
Personal details
Born 19 January 1900
Melbourne,  Australia
Died 26 April 1962(1962-04-26) (aged 62)
 New Zealand
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Julia Buckley Gray (married 1924)
Military service
Allegiance New Zealand Army
Rank Major
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Military Cross

Clarence Farrington Skinner, MC, (19 January 1900 – 26 April 1962) (also known as Gerry or Jerry) was a Labour politician from New Zealand, former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and a Minister 1943–1949 and 1957–1960 in the First and Second Labour governments.


  • Personal information 1
  • Member of Parliament 2
    • Cabinet minister 2.1
  • References 3

Personal information

Skinner was in the New Zealand Army in the Middle East in World War II, rising to the rank of Major. He was awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) in 1943 for Mine Clearing in North Africa.

Skinner married Julia Buckley Gray in 1924.

Member of Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1938–1943 26th Motueka Labour
1943–1946 27th Motueka Labour
1946–1949 28th Buller Labour
1949–1951 29th Buller Labour
1951–1954 30th Buller Labour
1954–1957 32nd Buller Labour
1957–1960 33rd Buller Labour
1960–1962 34th Buller Labour

Skinner was a Member of Parliament from 1938 to 1962; he was MP for Motueka 1938–1946 (having defeated new MP Keith Holyoake in 1938), then MP for Buller 1946–1962.

Cabinet minister

In 1943–1949 he held several ministries; Lands, Rehabilitation, Valuation and State Forests. From 1957 to 1960 he was Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Rehabilitation.

Following the Labour defeat at the 1960 election, Walter Nash favoured Gerry Skinner and then Fred Hackett to replace him when he retired as leader, but with the deaths of first Skinner and then Hackett, Nash was replaced by Arnold Nordmeyer when he resigned following the 1963 election.


  • Who's Who in New Zealand, 7th Edition 1961.
  • Obituary in Nelson Photo News
  • Photo (downloadable) of Clarence Skinner as Minister of Rehabilitation
Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Marshall
Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand
Succeeded by
Jack Marshall
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Keith Holyoake
Member of Parliament for Motueka
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Paddy Webb
Member of Parliament for Buller
Succeeded by
Bill Rowling
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