Peter Fraser

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Fraser, Peter


Born Aug. 28, 1884, in Fearn, Ross and Cromarty County, Scotland; died Dec. 12, 1950, in Wellington. State figure in New Zealand.

In his youth, Fraser was a member of the Independent Labour Party. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1910 and several years later helped organize the New Zealand Labour Party. Fraser was first elected to Parliament in 1918. From 1919 to 1935 he was parliamentary secretary of the Labour Party, and from 1933 to 1940 he was deputy leader of the party. In 1935, Fraser joined the first Labour government of New Zealand. He became party leader in 1940 and served as prime minister from 1940 to 1949.

Under pressure from the masses, Fraser’s government put into effect a considerable amount of social legislation, including bills to expand social insurance and health services. In practice, however, the Fraser government rejected the program of “socialization of the economy” that it had originally espoused.

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Keith Eunson, former Editor of the Otago Daily Times, who also served briefly in the Parliamentary Press Gallery from time to time, has produced these sketches of New Zealand's Prime Ministers from Peter Fraser (1940-49) to Jim Bolger (1990-97).
A senior four clubs and a putter comp was won by Brian Downes (40) from Malcolm Williams (37) and Neil Sanger (35) and Frank Carroll and Tom Mara scored 67 points to win a pairs comp by three from Bill Duncan and Neil Sanger with Peter Fraser and Keith Jones (63) third.
On 17 May the Director took part in a panel discussion arranged by the Stout Research Centre on the new biography of Labour Prime Minister Peter Fraser written by Michael Bassett and Michael King, Tomorrow Comes the Song, A Life of Peter Fraser.
Peter Lynch (41) won an individual comp from Tony Jackson (40) and Peter Fraser (39).
Lord Fraser, born Peter Fraser, was among passengers whose ScotAirways flight was delayed for more than three hours.
Fifty-six years ago, Prime Minister Peter Fraser took a leading role in helping to shape the United Nations.
Peter Lynch (41) won a individual comp from Tony Jackson (40) and Peter Fraser (39).
TOMORROW COMES THE SONG: A Life of Peter Fraser Authors: Michael Bassett with Michael King Publisher: Penguin Books, Auckland, 2000, 445pp, $49.
The team of Mike Carding, Larry Birch, Peter Fraser and Cliff Davies won a Texas Scramble from Roy Jones, Nigel Moore, Brian Mercer and Maelor Davies.
But University of Aberdeen marine biologist Peter Fraser said: "I don't think there is any real evidence lobsters feel pain in the process of being boiled
Roy Jones and Reg Taylor (36) took third on a countback from Peter Fraser and Geoff Morris.
It followed remarks by Peter Fraser, this year's chief viking or Guizer Jarl, at a press briefing attended by local, national and international media.