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James Roy (politician)

James Alexander McLean Roy (3 March 1893 – 26 May 1971) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1935–1936 25th Clutha Independent
1936–1938 Changed allegiance to: National
1938–1943 26th Clutha National
1943–1946 27th Clutha National
1946–1949 28th Clutha National
1949–1951 29th Clutha National
1951–1954 30th Clutha National
1954–1957 31st Clutha National
1957–1960 32nd Clutha National

He was born and educated in Wairuna near Clinton. He farmed on his father’s farm in Wairuna, and his own farm in Cave, South Canterbury. In World War I he was a lieutenant and was awarded the Military Cross and bar, and his medals are on display at the National Army Museum in Waiouru. His second citation, for actions on 9 November 1918, reads:[1]

He was a member of the Clinton Presbyterian Church, and Superintendent of the Sunday School there.[2]

At the 1935 election, he succeeded Peter McSkimming as an Independent supporter of the Reform-United coalition in the Clutha electorate.[3] In 1936, he joined the new National Party formed from a coalition of the Reform Party and the United Party plus three Independents (Roy, with James Hargest and William Polson). He held the Clutha electorate until 1960, when he retired.[4]

Roy died in 1971.[4]


  1. ^ Moriarty, Adam. "James Alexander McLean Roy, MC and Bar (1893–1971)". National Army Museum. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  2. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 340.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 217, 232.
  4. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 232.


  • Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Peter McSkimming
Member of Parliament for Clutha
Succeeded by
Peter Gordon