James Fulton (New Zealand politician)

James Fulton (27 June 1830 20 November 1891) was a 19th-century Member of Parliament in Otago, New Zealand and a cricketer.

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
18791881 7th Taieri Independent
18811884 8th Taieri Independent
18841887 9th Taieri Independent
18871890 10th Taieri Independent


James Fulton was born in Bengal,[1] and went to New Zealand in the late 1840s.[2] On 22 September 1852, he married Catherine Valpy. His wife was to become a prominent suffragette.[3] They had three sons and three daughters.[2] His two eldest sons, Arthur Fulton (1853-1889) and James Edward Fulton (1854-1928) were prominent civil engineers.

He played five first-class cricket matches for Otago between 1863 and 1868.[4] These were the first five first-class matches played in New Zealand, and scores were very low. He made the top score of the match in the first two matches: 25 not out in the first match, which Otago won, and 22 in the second, which Canterbury won.[5] He captained Otago in three of his matches.

For many years he was resident magistrate at Outram, a small town west of Dunedin, before taking up farming.[2] He represented the Taieri electorate from 1879 to 1890 when he retired.[6] He was one of the commissioners on the Royal Commission into sweated labour in 1890.[2]

He was a member of the New Zealand Legislative Council in 1891, from 22 January to 20 November when he died.[7] He was appointed as one of seven new members (including Harry Atkinson himself) appointed to the Council by the outgoing fourth Atkinson Ministry; a move regarded by Liberals as a stacking of the upper house against the new government.

See also


  1. "James Fulton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  2. "Death of the Hon. James Fulton, M.L.C." Otago Daily Times: 2. 21 November 1891. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  3. Entwisle, Rosemary. "Fulton, Catherine Henrietta Elliot - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  4. "James Fulton". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. "Otago v Canterbury, 1863/64". Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  6. Wilson 1985, p. 198.
  7. Wilson 1985, p. 153.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
William Cutten
Member of Parliament for Taieri
Succeeded by
Walter Carncross

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