Sir Ronald Cross, 1st Baronet
Sir Ronald Hibbert Cross, 1st Baronet,(9 May 1896 – 3 June 1968) was a British politician and diplomat.
Sir Ronald Cross
|17th Governor of Tasmania|
22 August 1951 – 4 June 1958
|Preceded by||Hugh Binney|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Corbett, 2nd Baron Rowallan|
|Member of Parliament|
25 February 1950 – 5 April 1951
|Preceded by||Harold Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Arthur Salter|
|Born||9 May 1896|
Pendleton, Lancashire, England
|Died||3 June 1968 (aged 72)|
Westminster, London, England
|Spouse(s)||Louise Marion Green-Emmott|
Early life and educationEdit
At the 1931 general election, Cross was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Rossendale. He served successively as government whip (1935), Junior Lord of the Treasury (1937), Vice-Chamberlain of the Household (1937–38) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (1938–39). He was sworn into the Privy Council in 1940.
During the Second World War, Cross served as Minister of Economic Warfare (1939–40) and Minister of Shipping (1940–41). In 1941, he was removed as Minister of Shipping after his performance was criticized by the press. The same year, he was appointed British High Commissioner to Australia and created a Baronet, of Bolton-le-Moors in the County Palatine of Lancaster. Cross returned to the United Kingdom in 1945 but lost his seat at that year's election.
In 1950, Cross was elected in the seat of Ormskirk, Lancashire. He later served as Governor of Tasmania from 23 August 1951 to 4 June 1958. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) by Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Hobart during her Coronation Tour in 1954. He was later appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 1955 New Year Honours. He was a popular governor, well regarded in the island State.
Cross married Louise Marion Green-Emmott in 1925. They had four daughters and a son who predeceased him.
Mount Ronald Cross in western Tasmania is named after him.
- Kent, Hilary (1993). "Cross, Sir Ronald Hibbert (1896–1968)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 13. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 12 December 2015 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
- "No. 35254". The London Gazette. 22 August 1941. p. 4856.
- "No. 40159". The London Gazette. 27 April 1954. p. 2500.
- "No. 40366". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1955. p. 4.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Ronald Cross
- Newspaper clippings about Sir Ronald Cross, 1st Baronet in the 20th Century Press Archives of the ZBW
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Rossendale
| Member of Parliament for Ormskirk
| Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
| Minister of Economic Warfare
| Minister of Shipping
Sir Geoffrey Whiskard
| High Commissioner to Australia
Sir Hugh Binney
| Governor of Tasmania
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
|New title|| Baronet
(of Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire)