The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. Andrew Hamilton Russell
Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. Andrew Hamilton Russell, M.L.C. was one of the second Stafford Ministry as a member of the Executive Council and Minister for Native Affairs from October 1865 to August 1866. The honourable gentleman is the descendant of a Scotch family. He chose a military life and rose to the position of lieutenant-colonel in the 58th Regiment. He took part with his regiment in the Maori War, and after deciding to settle in the Colony purchased land in the Hawkes Bay district, where he resided for some years. In 1858 he was called to the Legislative Council in the deliberations of which body he took part for several years. The honourable gentleman, who is the father of Captain W. R. Russell, leader of the opposition in the present House of Representatives, left the Colony about twenty years ago, and has since resided in Devonshire, England.