Robert Macalister

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Robert Macalister
Robert Macalister.jpg
26th Mayor of Wellington
In office
Deputy William Stevens (1950-53)
Ernest Toop (1953-56)
Preceded by Will Appleton
Succeeded by Frank Kitts
Personal details
Born 2 December 1890
Blenheim, New Zealand
Died 23 May 1967
Wellington, New Zealand
Alma mater Victoria University
Profession Lawyer

Robert Lachlan Macalister (2 December 1890 – 23 May 1967) was the Mayor of Wellington from 1950 to 1956, and had been the acting mayor for five months in 1948 during the absence overseas of Will Appleton.

Early life[edit]

Macalister was born in Blenheim and moved to Wellington in his youth to study at Victoria University where he qualified as a Lawyer.[1] He then enlisted in the military and served during World War I and once returning he became a member of the War Relief Association.[1] He was a barrister and solicitor by trade and worked at the same legal firm as Ossie Mazengarb. The firm of Mazengarb, Hay and Macalister was founded in 1918 and quickly became one of the largest law practices in Wellington.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1933 he stood for council on a Civic League ticket and was narrowly elected on the first count. However, after special votes were counted he lost his seat to the Labour Party's Peter Butler.[3] He was elected a member of the Wellington City Council in 1938[4] and served until 1950 when he was elected Mayor. Macalister served as Mayor until 1956. He was also a member of the Wellington Harbour Board from 1942 to 1956.


  1. ^ a b "Who's Who for the Elections". Evening Post. CXXV (107). 9 May 1938. p. 6. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Barton, G. P. "Mazengarb, Oswald Chettle". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mr. Butler Elected". Evening Post. CXV (14). 9 May 1933. p. 8. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Wellington City Council". Evening Post. CXXV (115). 18 May 1938. p. 4. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 

External links[edit]


No Mean City by Stuart Perry (1969, Wellington City Council) includes a paragraph and a portrait or photo for each mayor.

Political offices
Preceded by
Will Appleton
Mayor of Wellington
Succeeded by
Frank Kitts
Preceded by
Martin Luckie
Deputy Mayor of Wellington
Succeeded by
William Stevens