Sir Robert Heaton Rhodes (1861 – 1956)

Sir Robert Heaton Rhodes (1861 – 1956)          Died of old age       Place of Death: Tai Tapu

1880’s – 1900’s Volunteer for the Canterbury Yeomen’s Cavalry
1896 – 1896 President of Canterbury Agriculture and Pastoral Association
1899 – 1925 Member of the House of Representatives
1902 – 1921 Member of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade
1903 – 1956 President of Canterbury Horticultural Society
1912 – 1915 Postmaster General/Minister of Health
1912 – 1956 Knight of Grace of the Order of St John
1916 – 1919  Commissioner of the New Zealand Red Cross
1916              Helped establish the beginnings of the Royal New Zealand Air Force with H.F. Wigram.
1920 – 1926 Minister of Defense
1922 – 1926 Commissioner of State Forests
1925 – 1941 Member of the Legislative Council
1927 – 1956  Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Served on the following boards: Christchurch Press Company, Canterbury College Council, Christ College Board, Canterbury Provincial Chambers Board and the Christchurch Cathedral Chapter.

Financially supported the following: The Canterbury Museum, Royal Christchurch Musical Society, Boy Scouts Association and Nurse Maude.

Buried at the St Paul’s Anglican Church, Papanui,Christchurch.

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Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

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