Robert Semple (commonly known as Bob Semple, 21 October 1873 - 31 January 1955) was a union leader and later Minister of Public Works for the first Labour Government of New Zealand. Events 1512 - Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg. Year 1873 ( MDCCCLXXIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 1504 - France cedes Naples to Aragon. 1606 - Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes Year 1955 ( MCMLV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar) The New Zealand Labour Party is a New Zealand political party New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island
He was born in Sofala, New South Wales, Australia. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. He started working at an early age as gold miner in Australia. In 1903 he was involved in a miner’s strike in Victoria Australia. Year 1903 ( MCMIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar or a Common year starting The strike was defeated and Semple ended up being blacklisted.
To avoid the blacklist Semple moved to the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Naming To New Zealanders the term 'The Coast' generally refers to the West Coast of the South Island, and 'Coasters' to those that live there The South Island is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island By 1907 he was president of the Runanga Miner’s Union and earned himself nick name 'Fighting Bob Semple'. Year 1907 ( MCMVII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Runanga is a small town on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
He was jailed in 1913 for supporting the general strike and again in 1916 after fighting conscription for overseas service during World War I. Year 1913 ( MCMXIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Year 1916 ( MCMXVI) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year Conscription (also known as the draft, the call-up or national service) is a general term for involuntary labor demanded by some established authority World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All
Semple was elected to the seat of Wellington South Parliament for Labour in a 1918 by-election, but lost the seat in the 1919 general election. Wellington South is a former New Zealand Parliamentary electorate. The New Zealand general election of 1919 was held December 17 to elect a total of 80 MPs to the 20th session of the New Zealand Parliament. In 1928 he won the Wellington East seat, and held it until 1946, when it was renamed Miramar. Miramar is a former New Zealand Parliamentary electorate in the south-eastern suburbs of Wellington. He then held Miramar until 1954, when he retired.
During his term in Parliament, Semple held many important infrastructure portfolios, such as Minister of Public Works and Minister of Railways. The Minister of Railways was the minister in the government responsible for the New Zealand Railways Department 1895–1981 the New Zealand Railways Corporation Semple was seen by many as the public face of the first Labour government's infrastructure investment. The First Labour Government of New Zealand was the government of New Zealand from 1935 to 1949 During World War II he designed and had built the 'Bob Semple tank', made from corrugated iron and a tractor base. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including The Bob Semple tank was a Tank designed by New Zealand Minister of Works Bob Semple during World War II. Corrugated galvanised iron (colloquially corrugated iron, commonly abbreviated CGI is a Building material composed of sheets of hot-dip galvanised The tank had numerous design flaws and other practical problems and was never put into production, although it was and continues to be regarded with affection by many New Zealanders.
He did not seek re-election in the 1954 election, and died in New Plymouth in January 1955. The 1954 New Zealand general election was a nationwide vote to determine the shape of the New Zealand Parliament 's 31st term.