Gordon Chalk

Sir Gordon William Wesley Chalk, KBE[1] (16 May 1913 – 26 April 1991) was Premier of Queensland for a week, from 1 to 8 August 1968.[2] He was the first and only Queensland Premier from the post-war Liberal Party.

On 23 December 1965, Chalk succeeded Sir Alan Munro as Leader of the Queensland Liberal Party, Deputy Premier and Treasurer in a coalition government with the Country Party led by Frank Nicklin. He continued in these roles when Jack Pizzey succeeded Nicklin as Premier on 17 January 1968. Following the sudden death of Pizzey on 31 July 1968, the Governor Sir Alan Mansfield swore in Chalk as Premier on 1 August, pending the Country Party electing a new leader. They chose Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who succeeded Chalk after a week in office.

Chalk continued as Treasurer and Leader of the Liberal Party until his resignation from parliament in 1976.


Sir Gordon Chalk

Gordon Chalk 1963
Gordon Chalk in 1963
30th Premier of Queensland
In office
1 August 1968 – 8 August 1968
Preceded byJack Pizzey
Succeeded byJoh Bjelke-Petersen
ConstituencyLockyer
35th Treasurer of Queensland
In office
23 December 1965 – 13 August 1976
Preceded byThomas Hiley
Succeeded byWilliam Knox
ConstituencyLockyer
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for East Toowoomba
In office
3 May 1947 – 29 April 1950
Preceded byLes Wood
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Lockyer
In office
29 April 1950 – 12 August 1976
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byTony Bourke
Personal details
Born16 May 1913
Rosewood, Queensland, Australia
Died26 April 1991 (aged 77)
Melbourne, Victoria
Political partyLiberal Party
Spouse(s)Ellen Clare Grant (1937–1991)
OccupationSales Representative, Newspaper employee

Seats held

Gordon Chalk, 1950
Gordon Chalk c. 1950

Ministerial positions

  • Minister for Transport 12 August 1957 – 23 December 1965[2]
  • Treasurer 23 December 1965 – 13 August 1976[2]
  • Premier 1 August 1968 – 8 August 1968[2]

Honours

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 1971, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).[3]

Personal life

Upon his death in 1991 Chalk was accorded a State funeral which was held at Albert Street Uniting Church[1] and he was later cremated.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Gordon William (Chalkie) (1913–1991)Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. ^ It's an Honour – KBE
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Les Wood
Member for East Toowoomba
1947–1950
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat created
Member for Lockyer
1950–1976
Succeeded by
Tony Bourke
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Hiley
Parliamentary Leader of the Liberal Party in Queensland
1965–1976
Succeeded by
William Knox
Preceded by
Jack Pizzey
Premier of Queensland
1968
Succeeded by
Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Preceded by
Alan Munro
Deputy Premier of Queensland
1965–1976
Succeeded by
William Knox
Preceded by
Thomas Hiley
Treasurer of Queensland
1965–1976
Succeeded by
William Knox
Preceded by
Thomas Moores
Minister for Transport
1957–1965
Succeeded by
William Knox
1968 in Australia

The following lists events that happened during 1968 in Australia.

1969 Queensland state election

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 17 May 1969 to elect the 78 members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.

The Country-Liberal Coalition won its fifth consecutive victory since it won government in 1957. It was also the Coalition's first victory under new leader Joh Bjelke-Petersen after the brief premierships of Gordon Chalk and Jack Pizzey, who in turn had succeeded Frank Nicklin when he had retired the previous year.

The election campaign was characterised by tension between the governing coalition partners.

1972 Queensland state election

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 27 May 1972 to elect the 82 members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.

The Country-Liberal Coalition won its sixth consecutive victory since it won government in 1957 and also its second victory under Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

Chalk Ministry

The Chalk Ministry was the 38th ministry of the Government of Queensland and was led by Liberal Party Premier Gordon Chalk. It succeeded the Pizzey Ministry on 1 August 1968 following Pizzey's unexpected death on 31 July, and was sworn in as a temporary measure until the Country Party, the dominant coalition partner, could elect a leader. It did so and on 8 August 1968, Joh Bjelke-Petersen became leader and Premier of Queensland, and the Bjelke-Petersen Ministry was constituted.

Blue entries indicate members of the Liberal Party, while the others were members of the Country Party.

Deputy Premier of Queensland

The Deputy Premier of Queensland is a role in the Government of Queensland assigned to a responsible Minister in the Australian state of Queensland. It has second ranking behind the Premier of Queensland in Cabinet, and its holder serves as Acting Premier during absence or incapacity of the Premier. The Deputy Premier may either be appointed by the Premier during the cabinet formation process, or may be elected by caucus; during periods of Coalition government, the leader of the junior coalition partner is usually automatically selected for the role. Due to the contingent role of the Deputy Premier, they almost without exception always have additional ministerial portfolios.

Until December 1974, although the role carried the same responsibilities (especially during the absence of the Premier) it was never formally recognised or titled as such; the first reference in Hansard to a Deputy Premier was during the Forgan Smith Ministry in 1936, but the term was in common use in newspapers from as early as 1892, when a minister in the First Griffith Ministry was criticised for his performance in the role.

Electoral district of East Toowoomba

The Electoral District of East Toowoomba was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland. It was created in 1912 when the old seat of Drayton & Toowoomba split into East Toowoomba, Toowoomba and Drayton. East Toowoomba ceased to exist in 1950.

In the 1960 redistribution, a seat of Toowoomba East (along with Toowoomba West) was created that lasted until 1972.

When East Toowoomba was lost to redistribution, Sir Gordon Chalk contested the seat of Lockyer successfully.

Electoral district of Lockyer

Lockyer is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Queensland.

The district consists primarily of Gatton and Laidley Shires and northern parts of Beaudesert Shire. It includes the major town of Gatton and a number of smaller centres including Laidley, Helidon and Withcott. The eastern parts of the district are part of the outer southern suburbs of Ipswich and Brisbane in the area of Greenmount.

The district is bounded on the west by Toowoomba North, and Toowoomba South. On the southwest and south by Condamine, Southern Downs and Beaudesert. To the north and northwest by Nanango. To the northeast, where it passes south of Ipswich and Brisbane, it is bounded by Ipswich West, Ipswich, Moggill. To the east it shares a boundary with the seat of Logan.

The electorate has been represented by Jim McDonald since the 2017 election. Pauline Hanson came within just 114 votes of being elected at the 2015 election with a 49.78 percent two-candidate vote.

Electoral results for the district of Lockyer

This is a list of electoral results for the electoral district of Lockyer in Queensland state elections.

Jack Pizzey

Jack Charles Allan Pizzey (2 February 1911 – 31 July 1968) was a Queensland Country Party politician. He was Premier of Queensland, in a coalition with the Liberal Party, from 17 January 1968 until his death on 31 July that year.

Les Wood (Australian politician)

Leslie Arnold "Les" Wood (6 March 1907 – 29 March 1958) was a school teacher and member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly. He was the Leader of the Opposition in Queensland for seven months in 1957-1958.

Liberal Party of Australia (Queensland Division)

The Liberal Party, originally the Queensland People's Party, was a political party in Queensland, Australia, from the Second World War until 2008. Initially formed as independent body in 1943, it became the Queensland division of the Liberal Party of Australia in 1949. Based predominantly in Brisbane and other cities in Queensland, from 1957 it held power as the junior party in a coalition with the state Country Party, later the National Party, until 1983 when the Liberals broke away and went into opposition. The party formed another coalition with the Nationals that took power in 1996 but was defeated in 1998. After a further decade in opposition the two parties merged to form the Liberal National Party of Queensland.

Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1972–1974

This is a list of members of the 40th Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1972 to 1974, as elected at the 1972 state election held on 27 May 1972.

1 The Country Party changed its name to the National Party on 6 April 1974.

Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1974–1977

This is a list of members of the 41st Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1974 to 1977, as elected at the 1974 state election held on 7 December 1974.

1 On 11 February 1976, the Liberal member for Clayfield, John Murray, resigned. Liberal candidate Ivan Brown won the resulting by-election on 11 May 1976.

2 On 19 February 1976, the Labor member for Port Curtis, Martin Hanson, resigned due to ill-health, and died the following day. Labor candidate Bill Prest won the resulting by-election on 29 May 1976.

3 On 12 August 1976, the Liberal member for Lockyer and Deputy Premier, Sir Gordon Chalk, resigned. Liberal candidate Tony Bourke won the resulting by-election on 16 October 1976.

4 On 7 March 1977, the Independent member for Mackay, Ed Casey, who had won twice as an independent after losing Labor preselection ahead of the 1972 election, was readmitted to the Labor Party.

5 On 12 May 1977, the Liberal member for Clayfield, Ivan Brown, died. No by-election was held due to the proximity of the 1977 state election. The Clayfield electorate was abolished at the election as a result of an electoral redistribution.

Nicklin Ministry

The Nicklin Ministry was a ministry of the Government of Queensland and was led by Country Party Premier Frank Nicklin. It succeeded the Gair Ministry on 12 August 1957 following the defeat of both Labor and the QLP at the state election held nine days earlier. It was succeeded by the Pizzey Ministry on 17 January 1968 when Nicklin retired from politics.

Pizzey Ministry

The Pizzey Ministry was the 37th ministry of the Government of Queensland and was led by Country Party Premier Jack Pizzey and Liberal Deputy Premier Gordon Chalk. It succeeded the Nicklin Ministry on 17 January 1968 when Nicklin retired from politics, and was in turn succeeded by the Chalk Ministry on 1 August 1968 following Pizzey's unexpected death on 31 July.

On 17 January 1968, the Governor designated 13 principal executive offices of the Government and appointed the following Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland to the Ministry as follows. Blue entries indicate members of the Liberal Party.

Premier of Queensland

The Premier of Queensland is the head of government in the Australian state of Queensland.

By convention the Premier is the leader of the party with a parliamentary majority in the unicameral Legislative Assembly of Queensland. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of Queensland.

The incumbent Premier of Queensland since the 2015 election is Annastacia Palaszczuk of the Labor Party.

Thomas Hiley

Sir Thomas Alfred Hiley, (25 November 1905 – 6 November 1990) was Treasurer of the Australian state of Queensland from 1957 to 1965.

Tony Bourke (Australian politician)

Anthony James (Tony) Bourke (born 30 July 1941) is an Australian politician. He was a Liberal Party member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 1976 to 1980, representing the electorate of Lockyer. A long-term Toowoomba councillor, he later served as Mayor of Toowoomba from 1997 to 2000.

Bourke was born in the Brisbane suburb of Nundah, and was educated at St Patrick's College in Shorncliffe and the University of Queensland. A pharmacist outside politics, he worked in Brisbane from 1959 to 1966 and in London from 1966 to 1969, before settling in Toowoomba in 1970. He bought and operated a pharmacy in Margaret Street, and was elected as a City of Toowoomba alderman in 1976.

William Knox (Queensland politician)

Sir William Edward Knox OSJ, KSJI (14 December 1927 – 22 September 2001) was born in Kew, Victoria, Australia and was the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland representing the district of Nundah for the Liberal Party between from 1957 to 1989.A company secretary and manager by profession, Knox was Vice President of the Queensland Liberal Party between 1956 and 1957. He was Liberal leader in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1976–1978 and again from 1983–1988 and was given life membership that same year. He held the portfolios of Health, Justice and Attorney-General. Upon losing his seat to the Labor he became involved in community groups. He was State Chairman of the St John Ambulance Association and the President of the Association of Independent Schools of Queensland.

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