Ritchie Macdonald

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Ritchie Macdonald (8 September 1895 – 14 March 1987) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Scotland, and died in Auckland aged 91. After farming in the Waikato, he worked at the Otahuhu Railway Workshops and became a union secretary.

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1946–1949 28th Ponsonby Labour
1949–1951 29th Ponsonby Labour
1951–1954 30th Ponsonby Labour
1954–1957 31st Ponsonby Labour
1957–1960 32nd Ponsonby Labour
1960–1963 33rd Ponsonby Labour
1963–1966 34th Grey Lynn Labour
1966–1969 35th Grey Lynn Labour

He represented the Ponsonby electorate from 1946 to 1963, and then the Grey Lynn electorate from 1963 to 1969, when he retired.[1] The then Mayor of Auckland Sir Dove-Myer Robinson said about him when he retired: His is the old style of personal assistance. The majority of modern politicians do not know what that means.

Robert Chapman said that the Parliamentary superannuation scheme (introduced in 1946) .... encouraged thoughts of retirement even among Labour's sempiternal back-benchers for, after all, Ritchie Macdonald did retire, not die, in the end.[2]


  1. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 214. OCLC 154283103. 
  2. ^ New Zealand Politics and Social Patterns: selected works by Robert Chapman; page 266 (1999, Victoria University Press, Wellington) ISBN 0-86473-361-5
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Reginald Keeling
Member of Parliament for Grey Lynn
Succeeded by
Eddie Isbey