Howard Beale (politician)

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The Honourable
Sir Howard Beale
Howard Beale.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Parramatta
In office
28 September 1946 – 10 February 1958
Preceded by Frederick Stewart
Succeeded by Garfield Barwick
Personal details
Born (1898-12-10)10 December 1898
Tamworth, New South Wales
Died 17 October 1983(1983-10-17) (aged 84)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Margery Ellen Wood
Children Julian Beale
Occupation Barrister

Sir Oliver Howard Beale KBE (10 December 1898 – 17 October 1983) was an Australian politician and Ambassador to the United States. He was the father of Liberal Party of Australia politician Julian Beale. Beales's granddaughter, Debbie Beale, was married to Labor party politician Bill Shorten.

Beale was born in Tamworth, New South Wales and educated at Sydney Boys High School and at the University of Sydney. He became a barrister in 1925 and established his own practice. In 1927 he married Margery Ellen Wood. In 1942 served as a sub-lieutenant on anti-submarine duties with the Royal Australian Naval Reserve.[1]

Beale was elected as the Liberal Party of Australia member for Parramatta in 1946 and became a member of the House Standing Committee on Public Works in 1947. With the election of the Robert Menzies government he became Minister for Information and Minister for Transport in the Menzies Ministry until 17 March 1950, when he became Minister for Supply, a position he retained until his retirement from parliament in February 1958. He was immediately appointed Ambassador to the United States and held that position until 1964.[1]

Following his retirement, Beale was Regents' Visiting Professor in the University of California in 1966 and Regents' Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1967 and 1969. He was president of the Arts Council of Australia from 1965 until 1968. He was survived by his wife and his son, Julian.[1]


Beale was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1961.[1]


  • Beale, Howard (1977). This inch of time : memoirs of politics and diplomacy. Carlton, Vic: Melbourne University Press. p. 233. ISBN 0-522-84127-9. 


  1. ^ a b c d Hawke, Bob (18 October 1983). "Death of Honourable Sir Howard Beale, KBE, QC". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 30 September 2007. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Eddie Ward
Minister for Transport
Succeeded by
George McLeay
Preceded by
Richard Casey
Minister for Supply
Succeeded by
Athol Townley
Preceded by
Eric Harrison
Minister for Defence Production
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Frederick Stewart
Member for Parramatta
Succeeded by
Garfield Barwick
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Percy Spender
Australian Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Sir Keith Waller