Charles Davidson (politician)

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The Honourable
Sir Charles Davidson
KBE
Charles Davidson.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Capricornia
In office
28 September 1946 – 10 December 1949
Preceded by Frank Forde
Succeeded by Henry Pearce
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Dawson
In office
10 December 1949 – 1 November 1963
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by George Shaw
Personal details
Born (1897-09-14)14 September 1897
Died 29 November 1985(1985-11-29) (aged 88)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal (1946–49)
Country (1949–63)
Occupation Dairy farmer

Sir Charles William Davidson KBE (14 September 1897 – 29 November 1985) was an Australian politician. He attended Townsville Grammar School in 1912 and 1913. He served in World War I and on his return was a dairy farmer and later grew sugar cane. During World War II, he served in the 42nd Battalion of the Australian Army in New Guinea, rising to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was twice mentioned in despatches and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military) in March 1945.[1][2][3][4][5]

Political career[edit]

He won the seat of Capricornia from Frank Forde at the 1946 election, representing the House of Representatives seat of Capricornia for the Liberal Party. At the 1949 election, he switched to the Country Party when he was elected the member of the new seat of Dawson. He was Postmaster-General from 1956 to 1963 and Minister for the Navy from 1956 to 1958. In 1958 he was elected deputy leader of the Country Party succeeding John McEwen who had become leader.

He retired at the 1963 election.[1][2][5]

Davidson was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 1964.[4] He died in 1985 and was survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hawke, Bob (11 February 1986). "Death of Sir Charles William Davidson". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  2. ^ a b c Ian, Sinclair (11 February 1986). "Death of Sir Charles William Davidson". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  3. ^ Slipper, Peter (11 February 1986). "Death of Sir Charles William Davidson". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Davidson, Charles William". It's an honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  5. ^ a b "Members of the House of Representatives since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Anthony
Postmaster-General
1956–1963
Succeeded by
Alan Hulme
Preceded by
Neil O'Sullivan
Minister for the Navy
1956–1958
Succeeded by
John Gorton
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Frank Forde
Member for Capricornia
1946–1949
Succeeded by
Henry Pearce
Preceded by
New division
Member for Dawson
1949–1963
Succeeded by
George Shaw
Party political offices
Preceded by
John McEwen
Deputy Leader of the
Country Party of Australia

1958–1963
Succeeded by
Charles Adermann