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Hilda Ross

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Preceded by  Frank Findlay
Political party  National
Succeeded by  Lance Adams-Schneider
Name  Hilda Ross
Hilda Ross
Full Name  Grace Hilda Cuthbertha Ross
Born  6 July 1883 Auckland, New Zealand (1883-07-06)
Died  6 March 1959(1959-03-06) (aged 75) Hamilton, New Zealand
Spouse(s)  Harry Campbell Manchester Ross (m. 1904; d. 1940)

Dame Grace Hilda Cuthbertha Ross DBE (nee Nixon, 6 July 1883 – 6 March 1959), known as Hilda Ross, was a New Zealand politician for the National Party and an activist.

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Early years

She was born at Auckland to Adam Nixon and Zillah Johnson. Her family lived in both Sydney and Auckland, and she received her education in these cities. She trained as a music teacher and later conducted the Hamilton City Choral Operatic Society.

Family

In 1904 she married Harry Campbell Manchester Ross (died 1940) in Auckland. Her husband founded a furnishing company, "Barton and Ross". They had four sons, two of whom died in infancy.

Political career

Her first elected posts were the Waikato Hospital Board (1941) and the Hamilton Borough Council (1944). She was Deputy Mayor of Hamilton in 1945. Following the death of the incumbent MP for Hamilton, Frank Findlay, she won the 1945 by-election to represent the electorate in the New Zealand Parliament, where she remained until her death 14 years later in 1959. As MP she held various posts in the First National Government, including Member of the Executive Council (1949–1957), Minister of Social Security (1957), Minister of Welfare of Women and Children (1949–1957), and Minister of Child Welfare (1954–1957).

Later life

She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. She died on 6 March 1959 in Hamilton.

Quote

  • "Married women with children should wake up to their responsibilities in the home and stay at home".
  • Legacy

  • Dame Hilda Ross Memorial Arts Centre & Dame Hilda Ross Memorial Arts Centre Appeal
  • References

    Hilda Ross Wikipedia


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