Roy McElroy

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Roy Granville McElroy
33rd Mayor of Auckland City
In office
Preceded by Dove-Myer Robinson
Succeeded by Dove-Myer Robinson
Personal details
Born (1907-04-02)2 April 1907
Auckland, New Zealand
Died 16 May 1994(1994-05-16) (aged 87)
Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand

Roy Granville McElroy CMG (2 April 1907 – 16 May 1994)[1] was a New Zealand lawyer who was Mayor of Auckland from 1965 to 1968.

He trained at the University of Auckland, and the University of Cambridge, where he got a PhD in law in 1935, and was partner in the Auckland law firm of McElroy, Duncan and Preddle. He was in the Army in World War II serving as 613416 Captain McElroy, 14 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2NZEF 1940-1944.

He was an Auckland City Councillor for 15 years from 1938 to 1953, when he was deselected by the Citizens and Ratepayers organisation. He was a National candidate for the Roskill electorate in 1943 and 1946.

But in 1965 he was chosen to run against the popular Dove-Myer Robinson. He won in 1965 by 1134 votes, but in the next election in 1968, Robbie defeated him by 6000 votes. As a councillor and mayor, he supported housing and urban renewal.

He served as the Honorary Consular Agent of France from 1948-1972 and was awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by the French President in 1970. In the 1972 New Year Honours, McElroy was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to the community.[2]


  1. ^ McELROY, Roy Granville, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45556. p. 41. 1 January 1972. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Dove-Myer Robinson
Mayor of Auckland City
Succeeded by
Dove-Myer Robinson