Robert Beatson Ross

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Robert Beatson Ross
Robert Beatson Ross.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Pahiatua
In office
6 December 1905 – 19 December 1911
Preceded by William Henry Hawkins
Succeeded by James Escott
Personal details
Born 23 September 1867
Waikaia, New Zealand
Died 16 January 1949
Wellington, New Zealand
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Catherine Elizabeth Ryan
Children 5

Robert Beatson Ross (23 September 1867 – 16 January 1949) was a Liberal Member of Parliament in New Zealand.

Early life and family[edit]

Ross was born on 23 September 1867 at Otama Station, near Waikaia in Southland, the son of Robert Ross. He was educated at Dunedin High School and joined the Railway Department as a clerk and telegraphist in 1883. He was subsequently appointed the postmaster and stationmaster for Dipton at 1888, and later held similar positions at Te Aroha and Lincoln Junction.[1] Upon the death of his father in 1902 he left the railway service, then went to live on his farm at Riversdale. In 1903, Ross sold his farm interest and attained work with the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society, setting up practice in Woodville, Hawke's Bay.[2]

Ross married Catherine Elizabeth Ryan in 1889, and the couple went on to have four daughters and one son.[3]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1905–1908 16th Pahiatua Liberal-Labour
1908–1911 17th Pahiatua Liberal-Labour

While living in Southland, Ross unsuccessfully contested the Wakatipu seat in 1902. He won the Pahiatua electorate in the 1905 general election, and held it until 1911, when he was defeated by James Escott.[4] He later attempted to regain the seat in the Pahiatua by-election, 1916, but was defeated.[5]

Later life[edit]

Ross served on the Hawke's Bay Land Board and the Hawke's Bay Education Board. In 1924 he joined the Public Trust in Napier.[3] He died in Wellington on 16 January 1949 and was buried at Karori Cemetery.[6]


  1. ^ Scholefield, Guy H.; Schwabe, E., eds. (1908). Who's who in New Zealand and the Western Pacific. Wellington: Gordon & Gotch. p. 149. 
  2. ^ "The New Members. Biographical Sketches.". The Evening Post. Wellington. 7 December 1905. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Scholefield, Guy H., ed. (1924). Who's who in New Zealand and the Western Pacific 1925. Masterton. p. 193. 
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 232.
  5. ^ "Pahiatua by-election". Sun. 7 August 1916. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Cemeteries search". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 


  • The New Zealand Liberals: The Years of Power 1891-1912. Auckland: Auckland University Press. 1988. ISBN 1-86940-014-3. 
  • 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 Parliament
Preceded by
William Henry Hawkins
Member of Parliament for Pahiatua
Succeeded by
James Escott