Timothy James Warren – died 12 May 1901

Listed as being 61 years old when he died, Timothy Warren would have been born around 1840.  He was listed as a butcher in electoral rolls.

Married in 1967, by 1868, Eliza Amelia was born to Timothy and his wife Eliza (nee Churchward).  Both mother and daughter are listed in the 1896 roll but Eliza (his wife) is not in the 1900 roll with him.  She did not die until 1911 or 1915.  As yet I have not found where, or why, she is not in Bluff with her husband.

Timothy J Warren was active in the fledgling Campbelltown community. In 1877, he was  nominated for re-election to Invercargill Road Board.

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He was defeated whilst pursuing the role of first mayor of Campbelltown in 1879.

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In that same year, he ran for a seat on the Bluff Harbour Board

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Mr Warren looked to be a passionate and outspoken man, sadly, those qualities were held against him.

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He became mayor in 1880

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In 1881, he seconded Mr J Ward (later NZ Prime Minister) as a nominee for the Bluff Harbour Board.  For me, personally, I wonder if he erred on the side of right when you consider his support for Mr Ward.  Mr Ward was a well-respected man and politician.  I mean no disrespect to the opposition but  it is food for thought (if sides have to be taken).

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The amicable relationship between Ward and Warren took a downward turn when both contested the mayoralty in 1884.

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From 5 February 1885

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Just one day later, he ‘retired as a candidate’.  Joseph Ward then became the ‘duly elected member’.

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Reading about Timothy James Warren, I repeatedly see a man that supports what is right.  That support is frequently the unpopular one.  I don’t doubt he was considered rebellious and ‘out there’.  I think I would have liked him.  This from 1873 reiterates that view.

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His daughter Eliza Amelia Warren died in 1959 at 91 years old and was still using her maiden name.  By 1911 she is appearing in Wellington rolls, up until her death.

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