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Earle Christmas Grafton PAGE

Born:

8 August 1880, Grafton, New South Wales

Education:

University of Sydney 1895–1902

Employment:

surgeon, businessman

Memberships:

Australian Infantry Forces (January 1916 – July 1917); Australia Club, Sydney (1927–61); Freemasons

Marriage:

18 September 1906, Ashfield, Sydney (and 20 July 1959, to Jean Thomas)

Children:

Mary (1909); Earle (1911); Donald (1912); Iven (1914); Douglas (1916)

Died:

20 December 1961, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney

Buried:

cremated

Honours:

Privy Councillor (1929); KCMG (1938); Companion of Honour (1942); Foundation Fellow Royal Australian College of Surgeons; Honorary Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of England (1942); first Chancellor University of New England (1955–61)

Ethel Esther PAGE (née BLUNT)

Born:

c.1875

Memberships:

Australian Country Party 1920–58; Feminist Club; Lyceum Club; Red Cross; National Council of Women, New South Wales; Country Women’s Association

Died:

26 May 1958, Grafton, New South Wales

Political profile

Terms as PM:

7–26 April 1939

Terms as MP:

House of Representatives: 26 February 1920 – 20 December 1961 (Cowper)

Portfolios:

Treasurer: 9 February 1923 – 22 October 1929
Commerce: 9 November 1934 – 26 April 1939
Health: 29 November 1937 – 7 November 1938
Commerce: 28 October 1940 – 7 October 1941
Health: 19 December 1949 – 11 January 1956

Political memberships:

Local Government Council (South Grafton) 1913–19; Farmers and Settlers Association; New State League: 1915–25; Australian Country Party of Australia (1920–61; leader April 1921 – September 1939)

After:

Australian War Cabinet January – May 1941; Australian Advisory War Council August 1942 – September 1943 and February 1944 – August 1945

Quiz facts

  • founder of the Country Party (now National Party)
  • governed in coalition with SM Bruce 1923–29
  • as Treasurer, established the Loan Council in 1928
  • one of the first Australians to own a car (in 1904) and in 1920s set up Commonwealth aid program for road-building in the States
  • second PM with war service (SM Bruce was the first)
  • the shortest official stay in Britain – 1 day (1925)
  • the ‘Father of health insurance’
  • nicknamed ‘the Doc’

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