Roy Jack

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Sir Roy Emile Jack (12 January 1914 – 24 December 1977) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party. He was a cabinet minister and Speaker of the House of Representatives.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1954–1957 31st Patea National
1957–1960 32nd Patea National
1960–1963 33rd Patea National
1963–1966 34th Waimarino National
1966–1969 35th Waimarino National
1969–1972 36th Waimarino National
1972–1975 37th Rangitikei National
1975–1977 38th Rangitikei National

Jack was born in New Plymouth in 1914. He was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and graduated from the Victoria University with an LLB. During the war, he served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force.[1]

He represented the electorate of Patea from 1954 to 1963, then Waimarino from 1963 to 1972, then Rangitikei from 1972 to 1977 when he died.[2] In the 1972 election, he had an election-night majority of 2067 (down from Shelton's 1969 majority of 4214).[3]

In the 1972 Marshall Ministry of the last year of the Second National Government, he was Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.[4] He was Chairman of Committees between 1961 and 1966.[5] He was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1967 to 1972 and 1976 to 1977.[6]

He was knighted in 1970.[2] He died in 1977.[2]


  1. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 323.
  2. ^ a b c Wilson 1985, p. 207.
  3. ^ The Dominion. 27 November 1972. 
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 91.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 252.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 251.


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
  • Who’s Who in New Zealand, 10th Edition 1961.
Political offices
Preceded by
Reginald Keeling
Chairman of Committees of the House of Representatives
Succeeded by
John Hannibal George
Preceded by
Ronald Algie
Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Alfred Allen
Preceded by
Stanley Whitehead
Succeeded by
Richard Harrison
Preceded by
Dan Riddiford
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Martyn Finlay
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
William Sheat
Member of Parliament for Patea
Constituency abolished
In abeyance
Title last held by
Paddy Kearins
Member of Parliament for Waimarino
Preceded by
Norman Shelton
Member of Parliament for Rangitikei
Succeeded by
Bruce Beetham