Ernest Aderman

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Ernest Aderman
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Plymouth
In office
Preceded byFrederick Frost
Succeeded byRon Barclay
Personal details
BornErnest Philip Aderman
(1894-05-22)22 May 1894
Queensland, Australia
Died27 February 1968(1968-02-27) (aged 73)
Political partyNational
Phyllis May Lowther (m. 1927)

Rev. Ernest Philip Aderman OBE (22 May 1894 – 27 February 1968) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.

Early life and family[edit]

Aderman was born in Queensland, Australia, in 1894. He received his education at Lapwood Primary (Queensland), and at Church of Christ Theological College (Melbourne), from where he obtained a diploma in theology. He attended the University of Queensland (Brisbane) between 1920 and 1925, and graduated with a BA. During his student years, he helped out on his parents' farm, and later served the church in Auburn, Sydney.[1]

He married Phyllis May Lowther at the Ann Street Church of Christ, Brisbane, on 8 March 1927.[2] The couple arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, on 13 March 1928 by the Marama.[3]

Life in New Zealand[edit]

Aderman lectured at the Church of Christ Theological College in Glenleith, Dunedin, and ministered in South Dunedin. From 1930, he served the church at Dominion Road, Auckland. He was President of the Churches of Christ in 1936. During World War II, he was a chaplain to the 2nd Taranaki Regiment.[1]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1943–1946 27th New Plymouth National
1946–1949 28th New Plymouth National
1949–1951 29th New Plymouth National
1951–1954 30th New Plymouth National
1954–1957 31st New Plymouth National
1957–1960 32nd New Plymouth National
1960–1963 33rd New Plymouth National
1963–1966 34th New Plymouth National

Aderman contested the 1938 election in the Dunedin South electorate and was unsuccessful against the incumbent, Fred Jones.[4] He was to stand in Dunedin Central in the cancelled 1941 general election.

He won the New Plymouth seat in an upset victory in 1943 over Rev. Frederick Frost, who was also a Christian minister.[5][1] He represented the New Plymouth electorate from 1943 until he retired in 1966.[6]

In 1957, he was Senior Whip, and from 1958 to 1960, he was Junior Whip under Richard Geoffrey Gerard.[7] In 1961 he was one of ten National MPs to vote with the Opposition and remove capital punishment for murder from the Crimes Bill that the Second National Government had introduced.

Aderman was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for public and political services in the 1967 New Year Honours.[8]

Aderman died on 27 February 1968, and his ashes were buried at Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Gustafson 1986, p. 296.
  2. ^ "Wedding: Aderman–Lowther". The Telegraph. 10 March 1927. p. 11. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Marama from Sydney". Evening Post. 13 March 1928. p. 12. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  4. ^ "The General Election, 1938". National Library. 1939. p. 2. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  5. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 198.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 179.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 280.
  8. ^ "No. 44212". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1967. p. 44.
  9. ^ "Cemetery search". New Plymouth District Council. Retrieved 9 September 2016.


  • 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.
  • [New Zealand National Party ephemera, 1935-1945, including election propaganda and pamphlets, etc.], n.p.: New Zealand National Party, 1935–1945
  • This collection [housed at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington] contains a pamphlet authored by Aderman.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Frederick Frost
Member of Parliament for New Plymouth
Succeeded by
Ron Barclay