Sir Ronald Cross, 1st Baronet

Sir Ronald Hibbert Cross, 1st Baronet, KCMG, KCVO, PC (9 May 1896 – 3 June 1968) was a British politician and diplomat.

Sir Ronald Cross, 1st Baronet

17th Governor of Tasmania
In office
22 August 1951  4 June 1958
Preceded byHugh Binney
Succeeded byThomas Corbett, 2nd Baron Rowallan
Personal details
Born(1896-05-09)9 May 1896
Pendleton, Lancashire
Died3 June 1968(1968-06-03) (aged 72)
Westminster, London
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Louise Marion Green-Emmott

Early life and education

Cross was educated at Ludgrove Preparatory School and then Eton College. He served with the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry and as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in World War I.[1]


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).[1] 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] He was later appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 1955 New Year Honours.[4] 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.[1]

Mount Ronald Cross in western Tasmania is named after him.


  1. Kent, Hilary (1993). "Cross, Sir Ronald Hibbert (1896–1968)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 13. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. "No. 35254". The London Gazette. 22 August 1941. p. 4856.
  3. "No. 40159". The London Gazette. 27 April 1954. p. 2500.
  4. "No. 40366". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1955. p. 4.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Law
Member of Parliament for Rossendale
Succeeded by
George Walker
Preceded by
Harold Wilson
Member of Parliament for Ormskirk
Succeeded by
Arthur Salter
Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Hope
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by
Robert Grimston
New title
New Office
Minister of Economic Warfare
Succeeded by
Hugh Dalton
Preceded by
Robert Hudson
Minister of Shipping
Office Abolished
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Whiskard
High Commissioner to Australia
Succeeded by
Edward Williams
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Binney
Governor of Tasmania
Succeeded by
Lord Rowallan
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New title Baronet
(of Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire)
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