Robert Masters

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Forbes Coalition Ministry in 1931, including Masters (back right)

Robert Masters CMG (1879–1967) was a New Zealand politician of the Liberal Party, and a cabinet minister.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1919–1920 20th Stratford Liberal
1920–1922 20th Stratford Liberal
1922–1925 21st Stratford Liberal

Masters was born in 1879. He represented the Taranaki electorate of Stratford from 1919; though the result was declared void in the following year, he won the subsequent 1920 by-election.[1] He was defeated by Edward Walter in 1925.[2]

He was appointed to the New Zealand Legislative Council on 11 June 1930 and served for one seven-year term.[3] In the Forbes Ministry, he was a Member of the Executive Council without portfolio (1930–1931). In the United/Reform Coalition, he was Minister of Education (1931–1934), and Minister of Industries and Commerce (1931–1935).[4]

In the 1953 Coronation Honours Masters was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for public services.[5] He died in 1967.[1]


  1. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 219.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 243.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 159.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 81.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39866. pp. 3003–3006. 26 May 1953. Retrieved 13 June 2013.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John Bird Hine
Member of Parliament for Stratford
Succeeded by
Edward Walter
Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Atmore
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Sydney Smith