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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

The Hon. Sir Robert Stout

The Hon. Sir Robert Stout, K.C.M.G., M.H.R. has been a member of three ministries. He first took office in the government formed by Sir George Grey, K.C.B., taking the portfolio of Attorney-General on the 13th of March, 1878. About four months later he became Minister of Lands and Immigration. These three offices he held till the 25th of June, 1879 when he resigned. Sir Robert did not accept office again till the defeat of the third Atkinson Administration on the 16th of August, 1884. Assisted by Sir Julius Vogel, K.C.M.G., the honourable gentleman then formed the first Stout-Vogel Ministry in which he was Premier and Attorney-General during the twelve days of its life. The succeeding Ministry formed by the Hon. Sir. H. A. Atkinson only lasted six days when the second Stout-Vogel Government came into power. Sir Robert became Premier and Attorney-General and held these offices from the 3rd of September, 1884, till the 8th of October, 1887. Early in January, 1885, he also accepted the portfolio of Education which he held during the rest of the life of his Cabinet. His career is referred to at length under the heading “Members for Wellington City.”