Denver Beanland

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Denver Edward Beanland (born 1945) is a politician in Queensland, Australia. He was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Denver Edward Beanland was born on 26 January 1945 at St Margaret's Private Hospital, Kilcoy, Queensland, the only son of Norman Edward Beanland and his wife Gwendoline (née Runge). The family lived a dairy farm called Avondale (originally owned by Beanland's grandfather Herbert Beanland) located at Mary Smokes Creek, between Kilcoy and Woodford.[1]

Beanland attended the Kalangara State School at Stoney Creek, four miles from his home. He continued his secondary education at Caboolture State High School.[1]

Local politics[edit]

Beanland was elected as an Alderman of the Brisbane City Council in 1976 and served on that Council, including a period as Deputy Lord Mayor of Brisbane until 1986.

State politics[edit]

In 1986, Beanland was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, in 1986, as the member for Toowong. He represented Toowong until 1992, at which time it was renamed Indooroopilly.[2]

Denver Beanland was leader of the Liberal Party when he was ousted by Joan Sheldon. Although he did not return to the Liberal leadership he did however became Deputy leader in 1995.

Denver Beanland served as Attorney-General in the Borbidge government from February 1996 to 20 June 1998.[2] He also served as Opposition Spokesperson, prior to 1996, for a number of portfolios including Justice, Transport and Land Management.[3] He lost his seat of Indooroopilly at the 2001 state election.[4]

Later life[edit]

After leaving politics, Beanland studied at the University of Queensland, completing a Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in history in 2007. The topic of his PhD thesis was former Queensland Premier Thomas McIlwraith.[5]



  1. ^ a b "Denver Edward Beanland". The Family of Thomas and Lydia Emma Kinton Beanland. Denver Beanland. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Despite snaring the seat of Indooroopilly by a mere 200 votes after preferences were allocated, Denver Beanland 's political future is still up in the air.". South West News (Brisbane, Australia). 24 June 1998. p. 0. 
  3. ^ "Liberals Line-Up". South West News (Brisbane, Australia). 8 July 1998. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "Indooroopilly tenure over for Beanland". South West News (Brisbane, Australia). 7 March 2001. p. 4. 
  5. ^ "Denver Beanland". Queensland speaks. The Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Angus Innes
Parliamentary Leader of the Liberal Party in Queensland
Succeeded by
Joan Sheldon