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Personal profile

John McEWEN

Born:

29 March 1900, Chiltern, Victoria

Education:

Wangaratta state school (1907–13)

Employment:

farmer

Memberships:

Freemasons

Marriage:

Ann McLeod, 21 September 1921 Ballavoca, Tongala Victoria; Mary Byrne, 26 July 1968

Children:

none

Died:

20 November 1980, Toorak, Melbourne

Buried:

cremated

Honours:

Privy Council (1953); Companion of Honour (1969); GCMG (1971); Order of the Rising Sun 1st Class (1973)

Ann Mills McEWEN (née McLEOD)

Born:

c.1903

Memberships:

Country Party; Country Women’s Association

Died:

10 February 1967

Honours:

DBE (1966)

Political profile

Terms as PM:

19 December 1967 – 10 January 1968

Terms as MP:

House of Representatives: 23 October 1934 – 1 February 1971

Portfolios:

Interior: 29 November 1937 – 26 April 1939
External Affairs: 14 March – 28 October 1940
Air: 28 October 1940 – 7 October 1941
Civil Aviation: 28 October 1940 – 7 October 1941
Commerce and Agriculture: 19 December 1949 – 11 January 1956
Trade: 11 January 1956 – 18 December 1963
Trade and Industry: 18 December 1963 – 5 February 1971

Political memberships:

Country Party (leader parliamentary Party 26 March 1958 – 5 February 1971); Advisory War Council (28 October 1940 – 31 August 1945)

Quiz facts

  • extremely frugal, as a farmer in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley in the 1920s he was known as ‘Second hand Jack’
  • his feud with William McMahon was one of the parliament’s most bitter
  • his 16-year coalition partnership with Robert Menzies was the parliament’s most enduring
  • nicknamed ‘Black Jack’ by Robert Menzies, for his dark, ‘beetle-browed’ appearance and manner
  • one of three Australian Prime Ministers awarded Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, First Class (the others were Edmund Barton and Robert Menzies)

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