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Sir Ronald Cross
|17th Governor of Tasmania|
22 August 1951 – 4 June 1958
|Preceded by||Hugh Binney|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Corbett, 2nd Baron Rowallan|
Ronald Hibbert Cross
9 May 1896
Pendleton, Lancashire, England
|Died||3 June 1968 (aged 72)|
|Spouse(s)||Louise Marion Green-Emmott|
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 World War II, 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.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Rossendale
George Henry Walker
| Member of Parliament for Ormskirk
Hon. Arthur Hope
| 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
The Lord Rowallan
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
|New title|| Baronet
(of Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire)