David Brookman (Australian politician)

David Norman Brookman (24 March 1917 – 22 May 2000) was a politician in the State of South Australia.


David Brookman was born in Melbourne the son of Norman Brookman (1884–1949), and his wife Ada Mary Dorothy "Nan" Brookman, née Burden, (1889–). His father Norman, who died in a car crash, was a son of Sir George Brookman (1840–1927).

David was educated at St Peter's College and Roseworthy College where he gained his Diploma of Agriculture in 1938,[1] and took over his father's farm at Meadows.

He served in World War II as an artillery officer in the Middle East and Borneo[2] with the 2nd AIF 2/7 Australian Field Regiment 9th Div.[3]

He was elected to the seat of Electoral district of Alexandra in the House of Assembly for the Liberal and Country League in 1948, filling the seat made vacant by the death of Sir Hubert Hudd, and held that seat until 1973. He served as Minister for Agriculture 1958–1965, and Minister for Lands 1968–1970.

Other interests

He was a member of the Adelaide Club and the Royal Adelaide Golf Club.[3]


He married Alison Harvey on 1 October 1946 and lived at Meadows, later Dutton Terrace, Medindie. They had two children:

  • Henry (26 November 1948 – )
  • Katherine (22 March 1953 – )


  1. ^ "Confidence in Roseworthy College". The Chronicle. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 10 March 1938. p. 12. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Young L.C.L. Candidate Supplied By The L.C.L." The Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 5 June 1948. p. 5. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b Barnier, Cheryl (ed.) Notable Australians 1978; Paul Hamlyn Pty Ltd. Australia ISBN 0 86832 0129

Brookman is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

David Brookman (Australian politician) (1917–2000, Australian politician

David Brookman, Baron Brookman (born 1937), British trade unionist and politician

George Brookman (1850–1927), Australian businessman and politician

Herman Brookman (1891–1973), American architect

Norman Brookman (1884–1949), Australian politician

William Brookman (1859–1910), Australian businessman and politician

Lester George Brookman (1904–1971), American philatelistFictional charactersKathy Brookman, character on the ITV soap opera Emmerdale

South Australian House of Assembly

The House of Assembly, or lower house, is one of the two chambers of the Parliament of South Australia. The other is the Legislative Council. It sits in Parliament House in the state capital, Adelaide.

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