Robert Masters

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The Honourable
Robert Masters
Robert Masters, 1922.jpg
20th Minister of Education
In office
22 September 1931 – 22 November 1934
Prime Minister George Forbes
Preceded by Harry Atmore
Succeeded by Sydney George Smith
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Stratford
In office
17 December 1919 – 4 November 1925
Preceded by John Bird Hine
Succeeded by Edward Walter
Personal details
Born (1879-06-15)15 June 1879
Died 29 June 1967(1967-06-29) (aged 88)
Political party Liberal

Robert Masters CMG (15 June 1879 – 29 June 1967) was a New Zealand politician of the Liberal Party, and a cabinet minister.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1919–1920 20th Stratford Liberal
1920–1922 20th Stratford Liberal
1922–1925 21st Stratford Liberal

Masters was born in 1879. He represented the Taranaki electorate of Stratford from 1919; though the result was declared void in the following year, he won the subsequent 1920 by-election.[1] He was defeated by Edward Walter in 1925.[2]

He was appointed to the New Zealand Legislative Council on 11 June 1930 and served for one seven-year term.[3] In the Forbes Ministry, he was a Member of the Executive Council without portfolio (1930–1931). In the United/Reform Coalition, he was Minister of Education (1931–1934), and Minister of Industries and Commerce (1931–1935).[4]

In 1935, Masters was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[5] In the 1953 Coronation Honours he was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for public services.[6] He died in 1967.[1]


  1. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 219.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 243.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 159.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 81.
  5. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. CXIX (105). 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  6. ^ "No. 39866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 May 1953. pp. 3003–3006.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John Bird Hine
Member of Parliament for Stratford
Succeeded by
Edward Walter
Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Atmore
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Sydney Smith

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