William Crush Daldy JP
(1816 – 1903)
Master Mariner & Politician
Daldy was born in 1816 in Rainham Essex. He started going to sea at an early age on ships belonging to his father Samuel Rootsey Daldy.
His seafaring first brought him to Auckland in July 1841. He was involved in several maritime business concerns.
He was MP for the City of Auckland in the 2nd New Zealand Parliament from 1855 to 1860, during which time he was Minister without portfolio during the short Fox Ministry in 1856.
During 1857 and from 1861 to 1864 he was a member of the Auckland Provincial Council.
In 1865 he was agent in England for the Provincial Government and was instrumental in sending out emigrants to New Zealand.
Daldy was a founding member of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the New Zealand Insurance Company
He was also the Captain of the Auckland Volunteer Fire Brigade, First Chairman of the Auckland Harbour Board and Auditor of the Bank of New Zealand.
The public speeches of Captain Daldy, both in Parliament and elsewhere, and the nature of his activities, reveal him as a man deeply and sincerely concerned with the welfare of the community in which he lived.
He did not seek public recognition, but was prepared to give his wholehearted support to any movement which made for progress and for lasting benefit.
Daldy died in his residence in Hepburn Street, Ponsonby on the 5th of October 1903.
In 1841 Daldy married Frances Pulham, who died in 1877. He later married Amey, née Hamerton, who died in 1920.
A steam tugboat operating on the Auckland Harbour is named after him.