Gordon Chalk

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Sir Gordon Chalk
KBE
30th Premier of Queensland
In office
1 August 1968 – 8 August 1968
Preceded by Jack Pizzey
Succeeded by Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Personal details
Born (1913-05-16)16 May 1913
Rosewood, Queensland, Australia
Died 26 April 1991(1991-04-26) (aged 77)
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

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

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.

Seats held[edit]

Ministerial positions[edit]

Honours[edit]

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 1971, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).[1]

Sir Gordon Chalk's name has been selected by the Liberal National Party of Queensland for its Networking Events - known as 'The Gordon Chalk Society'. Details at www.gordonchalksociety.org.

References[edit]

Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Leslie 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