OBE ED JP
|25th Mayor of Hamilton|
December 1959 – October 1968
|Preceded by||Roderick Braithwaite|
|Succeeded by||Michael Minogue|
|Born||30 September 1917|
|Died||7 December 1987(aged 70)|
|Relations||Anthony Rogers (brother)|
Rogers was born in Hamilton, New Zealand and attended Nelson College from 1931 to 1934. He studied medicine at the University of Otago, graduating MB ChB in 1941, and became a general practitioner.
Rogers stood for the Hamilton City Council in 1956. He was the highest polling candidate and became deputy mayor. He was the mayor of Hamilton from 1959 to 1968, elected for three terms. During his mayoralty, he campaigned for the poor and for an international airport to be built in Hamilton.
Rogers was married to Helen Wyn-Hesse and they had three children. He was well-known for his like of gardening, and the Rogers Rose Gardens in Hamilton are named after him.
In the 1964 Queen's Birthday Honours, Rogers was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and in 1985 he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Hamilton. He died of a heart attack in 1987.
Rogers' brother, Anthony Rogers, was also a well-known political figure in Hamilton.
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