Ron Barclay

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Ron Barclay

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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Plymouth
In office
Preceded byErnest Aderman
Succeeded byTony Friedlander
Personal details
Ronald Morrison Barclay

(1914-09-02)2 September 1914
Little River, New Zealand
Died29 April 2003(2003-04-29) (aged 88)
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
Joy Margaret Lusty (m. 1940)
RelationsJim Barclay (uncle)
Bruce Barclay (cousin)

Ronald Morrison Barclay QSO MBE JP (2 September 1914 – 29 April 2003) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

Early life and family[edit]

Born in Little River, New Zealand in 1914,[1] he received his education at the Christchurch Technical College.[2] Barclay married Joy Margaret Lusty in 1940 and they had one son and one daughter.[2][3]

Barclay was on home service during World War II. He was a member of the Auckland Education Board (1949–1954) and the New Plymouth High School board (1958–1960). He was a member of the Taranaki Hospital board from 1960 to 1966. He was a trustee of the TSB Bank from 1958, and was the bank's president in 1963 and 1974.[2]

Barclay's cousin Bruce Barclay represented Christchurch Central for the Labour Party from 1969 until his death in 1979.[4] Ron Barclay's uncle Jim Barclay represented the Marsden electorate from 1935 until his defeat in 1943.[4]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1966–1969 35th New Plymouth Labour
1969–1972 36th New Plymouth Labour
1972–1975 37th New Plymouth Labour

He represented the Taranaki electorate of New Plymouth in the House of Representatives from 1966 to 1975, having stood unsuccessfully in 1963.[4] He served as Senior Government Whip in Norman Kirk's 1972–1975 Government, and Freer said he was an outstanding whip. When Barclay realised that Arthur Faulkner had the votes to win the first ballot for deputy to Bill Rowling in 1974, he got Warren Freer (who was not interested in the position, but who agreed that Faulkner was not leadership material) nominated to split the first vote. They preferred either Colin Moyle (Barclay) or Bob Tizard (Freer), and Tizard won on the fourth ballot.[5] [6] He was the first Deputy Chairman of Committees (1975).[7] He was defeated in the swing against Labour in the 1975 election .

Subsequently, he served as a New Plymouth city councillor from 1977 to 1989, including three years as deputy mayor.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

Barclay was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the community, in the 1978 New Year Honours.[8] In the 1986 New Year Honours, he was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services.[9] In 1990, Barclay was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[10]

Death and legacy[edit]

Barclay died in New Plymouth on 29 April 2003[1] and his ashes were buried in Awanui Cemetery.[11] He was survived by his wife Joy.[12] Ron Barclay Drive in the New Plymouth coastal suburb of Fitzroy was named in his honour in 2004.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Lives of note". Dominion Post. 15 May 2003. p. 7.
  2. ^ a b c Traue 1978, p. 51.
  3. ^ a b Woodham, Kim (1 May 2003). "Death of former MP Ron Barclay aged 88". Taranaki Daily News. p. 3.
  4. ^ a b c Wilson 1985, p. 182.
  5. ^ Freer, Warren (2004). A Lifetime in Politics: the memoirs of Warren Freer. Wellington: Victoria University Press. p. 197. ISBN 0-86473-478-6.
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 281.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 253.
  8. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 47420, 30 December 1977. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  9. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50362, 30 December 1985. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  10. ^ Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 55. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  11. ^ "Cemetery search". New Plymouth District Council. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Obituaries — Ronald Morrison Barclay, Possum Bourne". Hansard. 30 April 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  13. ^ West, Rochelle (27 November 2004). "Fitting tribute for Fitzroy Ron". Taranaki Daily News. p. 2.


  • Traue, James Edward, ed. (1978). Who's Who in New Zealand (11th ed.). Wellington: Reed.
  • 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
Ernest Aderman
Member of Parliament for New Plymouth
Succeeded by
Tony Friedlander
Party political offices
Preceded by
Henry May
Senior Whip of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Roger Drayton