Herbert Collett

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The Honourable
Herbert Collett
CMG, DSO
Herbert Brayley Collett.jpg
Senator for Western Australia
In office
6 April 1933 – 30 June 1947
Preceded by Hal Colebatch
Personal details
Born (1877-11-12)12 November 1877
St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Died 15 August 1947(1947-08-15) (aged 69)
Nationality English Australian
Political party UAP (1931–44)
Liberal (1944–47)
Occupation Librarian

Herbert Brayley Collett CMG DSO (12 November 1877 – 15 August 1947) was an Australian politician, librarian and soldier.

Collett was born in St. Peter Port, Guernsey and arrived with his family in Western Australia in October 1884. He was educated at Perth Grammar School and became a librarian at the Victoria Public Library in 1891. He married Anne Whitfield in April 1904.[1]

Collett joined the Metropolitan Rifle Volunteers at the age of 16 and rose to command the 11th Australian Infantry Regiment as a lieutenant-colonel in 1908. With the outbreak of World War I he commanded the 28th Battalion of the first Australian Imperial Force from 23 April 1915 and he served at Gallipoli, in Egypt and Sinai and in France. On 29 July 1916, he was wounded at the battle of Pozières. He returned to action on 12 October 1917 at the First Battle of Passchendaele. He was promoted to colonel in June 1918 and discharged in September 1919. He was mentioned in dispatches and was made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in 1916, a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1919 and was promoted brevet-colonel.[1]

Collett was assistant general secretary of Perth's amalgamated library, museum and art gallery from 1915 to 1933 and president of the Western Australia branch of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers' Imperial League from 1925 to 1933.[1]

Political career[edit]

In April 1933, Collett was appointed to fill a casual vacancy in the Australian Senate, representing the Nationalist Party of Australia (United Australia Party from 1937).[2] In parliament he was particularly concerned with military matters and benefits for ex-servicemen and was Minister in charge of War Service Homes from April 1939 to June 1941, when he became Minister for Repatriation until the fall of the Fadden government in October 1941. He was also Vice-President of the Executive Council and Minister in charge of Scientific and Industrial Research from August to October 1940. He was defeated at the 1946 election, completing his Senate term in July 1947. Shortly after he died of heart disease, survived by his wife and two sons.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Black, David (1981). "Collett, Herbert Brayley (1877–1947)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Members of the Senate since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
Political offices
New title Minister without portfolio administering
War Service Homes
Minister in charge of War Service Homes

1939–1941
Title abolished
Preceded by
Henry Gullett
Vice-President of the Executive Council
1940
Succeeded by
George McLeay
Minister in charge of Scientific
and Industrial Research

1940
Succeeded by
Harold Holt
Preceded by
George McLeay
Minister for Repatriation
1941
Succeeded by
Charles Frost